Thursday, November 1, 2012

Election Day - Child Style

I have mixed feelings about teaching Election Day with my students.  Of course, Election Day is an important day in our country.  We are choosing our leaders.  My little second graders certainly won't "get" the Electoral College process, but they do need to understand how an election works.

However, I'm sure you'll agree, this year's election is out of control.  The ads on TV are nasty and misleading.  People are very passionate about this election, and most feel quite strongly for their own candidate and against the other candidate.  There is a lot of anger.  I just don't want to go there with the children. (I don't want to see a fight break out in my classroom!  Kids tend to be as passionate as their parents about presidential candidates!)

My plan is to do some election day activities without getting into detail about any of the specific candidates. I've made the above freebie to practice common and proper nouns.  (CCSS.L.2 for grades 1, 2, and 3:  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.) It has an election day theme, but never mentions the candidates.

Another idea is to have the children vote for something on a child level on November 6th.  I thought I might have the children vote for their favorite subject in school, or maybe their favorite lunch.  It's a good excuse to do some Opinion Writing (CCSS.2.W.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g. because, and also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.)  This standard is close to the same for all grades... it just goes into more depth as the children get older.

It sounds like another good excuse for opinion writing!

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