Each of these web activities provides students an opportunity to learn more about being a candidate for President and the types of decisions that a President must make.
You're the Candidate - Students role play a Presidential candidate in this simulation activity. Several decisions must be made that will directly impact your campaign, including which regions and states you will focus on, how much money will you spend for advertising in each state, and how much time will you spend in each of your selected regions and states? After students allocate their time and money, they must explain their choices before viewing the results of the election. This simulation has options for a one or two player activity.
If You Were President, How Would You Run the Country? - This website provides an opportunity for students to simulate being President of the United States. During this activity, students will select three advisors and allocate budget money for health care, schools, military, crime prevention, and the environment. Students use a slider to allocate what percentage of the total budget they want to spend on each of the five budget areas. After selecting advisors and planning a budget, students have to defend their choices to the media and read newspaper stories about their Presidency.
Create a Campaign Poster - Students use backgrounds and clip art tools on this site to create a campaign poster for Presidential candidates past or present. Completed posters can be printed.