Win the White House

Recommended Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Teacher: Sarah Roy, Strafford Elementary School

Editor: Rachel M. Stanton, M.Ed.

General Description


  • In this lesson, students learn the complexities of the election process, with a focus on the electoral college and its effect on the campaign process. Students play "Win the White House" from iCivics after an introduction to the electoral college.
  • Explain the electoral process (primary and general elections, Electoral College)
  • Identify the influence of the media in forming public opinion Analyze how parts of a whole interact to produce outcomes in complex systems


  • Students will be formatively assessed throughout the informal class and group discussions
  • Students will be summatively assessed by completing a reflection sheet from their experiences


  • Computers with internet access
  • Win the White House Teacher Guides:
  • iCivics Teacher User Guide
  • Win the White House Guide
  • Win the White House Game
  • Win the White House Reflection Sheets

For students needing more of a challenge, provide more questions or ask for more in-depth reflections about their experience.

Students with reading challenges can work with the support of an educational assistant or work with a partner during the Win the White House Game. Students can complete Win the White House reflection orally with classroom teacher or support staff.

Materials and Documents

  • A teacher account allows you full access to all of the iCivics resources contained on the site—including lesson plans and the Drafting Board tools which cannot be viewed by students. Once you’ve signed up, you can establish virtual classrooms, send out assignments, track student progress, and manage class discussions.

  • In Win the White House, students take on the role of presidential candidate from the primary season all the way through to the general election. The player strategically manages time and resources to gain control of as many electoral votes as possible over a ten-week campaign.

  • Full lesson plan for Win the White House

  • “Win The White House” worksheet

These two days were so valuable! It's the best PD I've had in a long time. I enjoyed hearing what teachers do in other parts of the country. Judge Rendell coming really made an impact on me. Her coming made me feel that what we do is important.
- Teacher
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