With the Democratic Convention finished and the Republican version soon to be over, we can all settle in for three months of presidential campaigning. To help make sense of this with your kids, I’ve listed a few resources that might be useful. Pick and choose the ones that work best for you! (Add your own in the comments.)

Have fun!

Democratic Party
Republican Party
Barack Obama
John McCain

Google Elections ’08 Maps
Browse through these political maps to learn about this year’s race for the Presidency and show off your favorites by embedding them around the web for the world to see
Google Election Tools for Educators
Some great free tools you can use to engage your students in exploring the candidates and issues
Created by a teacher, you’ll find links and lessons to help your students participate and learn about American political elections with online tools from Google
“Sorting out the truth in politics”
National Student/Parent Mock Election
Makes students & parents aware of the power of their ballot by actively involving them in a full-fledged campaign and national election
PBS American Experience: The Presidents
“Connect today’s election issues with the past. Pick a question. Find an answer.”
Access. Analyze. Act
Discover the power of social media while promoting your students’ civic engagement
CNN Election Center
CNN Political Market
Welcome to the CNN Political Market, where you get a chance to predict the future of 2008 presidential politics
Rock the Vote!
“Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country”
Electoral Compass
Where do you fit on the political landscape?
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases
FactCheck’s educator’s page
YouTube You Choose 08 Channel
Tons of official campaign videos!
Tons of unofficial campaign videos!
The Road to the Capital
Online campaign game
Electoral Vote
Electoral Vote Predictor, which tracks political polls for U.S. federal elections
Yahoo Political Dashboard
Same thing, just from Yahoo
FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting money where their mouth is
Cyberbee’s Election Lesson Plans
C-Span’s Election Classroom
Scholastic’s Election 2008 Lesson Plans
Editorial Cartoons & Lesson Plans
TeacherVision Election Lessons
NewsHour Election Resources
Lesson Plans Page with . . . you guessed it, election lesson plans

Found a few more:

NY Times have created interactive timelines for both of the major candidates
John McCain
Barack Obama

Eight Steps to the White House