PBS Election Collection ★★★★★
PBS has created a generous offering of videos and lesson plans for bringing the election into the classroom. Be sure to check out the Election Decoder, a useful interactive that brings students through the electoral maps of every election in U.S. history.
Who do you Think Biden Should Pick for VP? ★★★★★
Take this quiz to see which potential VP pick best lines up with your priorities.
270 to Win ★★★★★
This interactive map lets students explore the “what ifs” of the election. See how many states Trump needs to win, or what the electoral map would look like if Biden won Texas. Updated regularly with polling information from the swing states.
Financial Times Statewide Polls ★★★★☆
An interactive module displays the current electoral map as informed by the lastest polling information. Updated regularly.
New York Times Guide to the 2020 Election ★★★★☆
Find news, editorials, and more as the election draws nearer. Features daily articles and updates.
11 Ways to Engage Students from Now Until November★★★★☆
Though election news will dominate the headlines all summer, the global pandemic has thrown into question everything from how the candidates will campaign to whether there will be live conventions to how we’ll vote in November. Whether your students will be in school in the fall, learning at home or experiencing some kind of hybrid, the New York Times has ideas for how they can get involved now and stay involved until November — and, perhaps, cope with feelings of helplessness during this crisis as they do.
C-Span Classroom ★★★★☆
This website provides video resources explaining the various aspects of the election proces. Separated into main areas, each topic is supplemented with related video clips, bell ringers, lessons, discussion questions, handouts, and culminating activities to reinforce students’ learning. These resources will be updated with new resources as the election process unfolds.
Pew Research Fact Tank ★★★★☆
Frequently publishes interesting statistics, data, and analysis and voters, the Trump administration, and other election-related subjects. Be sure to see Pew’s collection of interactive data sets.
Electoral College at the National Archives ★★★★☆
A collection of educational resources and FAQs about the electoral college created by the US National Archives. A must-see for those with basic questions about the electoral college.
How to Become the President ★★★★☆
Videos and infographics teach the ins and out of the United States’ complex presidential election process. An ideal site for younger students looking to learn about the election.
FiveThirtyEight Aggregate Polls ★★★★☆
A collection of polls from across the web. Provides a quick look at the general consensus of national polling agencies.
ISideWith Presidential Quiz ★★★★☆
After a quick opinion poll on issues like gun control, taxes, and science, students can see which political party agrees with them on the most topics across the board.
Politifact is an independent fact-checking website that recieved a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the 2008 election. Their journalists assess the veracity the statements made by Biden, Trump, and other significant politicians, and keep a running tab of these results on the site.
Annenberg Public Policy Center – Fact Check ★★★★☆
An extremely thorough site that monitors the accuracy of statements made by presidential candidates in TV ads, debates, speeches, interview and news releases. This resource is extremely up to date, including analysis of daily events that are cross-checked in easy-to-understand articles that include excerpts and quotes from the candidates.
Should the Electoral College Be Reformed? ★★★★☆
In this lesson plan, students learn about the electoral college and debate its pros and cons. Includes helpful videos for context and background information, and plenty of resources to prepare students to think critically about the argument.