60-Second Presidents Activities


  • Personality or Politics Activity | 60-Second Presidents

    Explore why presidential campaigns are often based around either a candidate's personality or politics in this activity from 60-Second Presidents. This activity helps students learn the important role that both personality and political platform have in shaping presidential elections by having students present on the different types of campaigns.

    Grades: 4-12
  • You're the Campaign Manager | 60-Second Presidents

    Building a successful campaigns is a mixture of selecting the correct candidate and highlighting their best attributes. In this activity from 60-Second Presidents, students will determine the best characteristics of a president in order to develop a campaign around these traits.

    Grades: 4-12
  • The Great Debates | 60-Second Presidents

    Learn the role of president's played in shaping the nation's "Great Debates" in this activity from 60-Second Presidents. Using resources from within PBS LearningMedia, students will research the power that the executive branch has in determining America's place in foreign affairs and write an essay in which they present their informed opinion on this topic.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Winner and Losers | 60-Second Presidents

    Presidential stances on major issues effect different constituents in different ways. In this activity from 60-Second Presidents, students will analyze and discuss the way in which a president's ability to make major policy decisions can have positive effects on some groups while adversely affecting others.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Working for the Party | 60-Second Presidents

    Learn the role that political parties play in either helping or preventing a president from reaching their goals. In this activity from 60-Second Presidents, students will investigate how closely certain presidents were tied to their parties in order to determine the effects that their alignment had on their presidency.

    Grades: 4-12