With the inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris just days away, you might be looking for some kid-friendly ways to discuss the road to the White House. I want to share with you several activities that will help your students better understand the election process, the significance of the U.S. Capitol and White House, and the many different jobs of the U.S. president.
The Election Process
First of all, if you haven't discussed the election process, I urge you to consider starting here. It is important that our students understand democratic processes and procedures, and our students are not too young to begin to understand the election process and voting. One of the best ways to do this is through an in-class voting simulation. You can learn more about this step on the road to the White House in this blog post.
Inauguration Day at the U.S. Capitol
The inauguration marks the commencement of the four-year term of the next president. This public ceremony takes place on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building. This is where the oath of office is taken for both the president and vice president of the United States. While this is an important ceremony, it is also critical that our students understand the significance of the U.S. Capitol Building. This building is the symbol of our nation's government and Congress. This is where the House of Representatives and the Senate come together to discuss, debate, and craft the nation's laws.
To help our students better understand what takes place at the U.S. Capitol on a regular basis, and to understand the history of this building, consider taking your students on an interactive virtual field trip. This trip incorporates critical thinking questions, and gives students a more in-depth look our nation's Capitol.