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Here are a few generic ideas for integrating the election into your classroom. Also, see Link #5 below to search
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> Electoral College: See link #2 below for information
on the state-by-state breakdown of electoral votes.
These numbers can be used to show how key states
influence the election.
> Post-election: Compare the number of electoral votes
received by the candidates to the popular vote, determine
> Incorporate election terminology/scenarios into word
problems. (Candidate A received 48% of the vote, Candidate
B received 52%. If the total number of people voting was
X, how many people voted for Candidate A?)
> Conduct classroom poll on a selected topic. Analyze the
results. This will introduce the students to the idea
> Once the election is over, disaggregated information on
KISD/BECK voting patterns will be forwarded to our
campus. These statistics can then be analyzed, used for
word problems, etc.
> Use personification to explore an election topic. This is
a variation on a lesson called "The Cane" where a
cane describes an historical event. For the
election, students can write from the perspective of
a voting booth, a U.S. flag, or The Bill of Rights.
> Incorporate election terminology into vocabulary lists and
classroom activities. (inauguration, gerrymander). See
link #4 below for a list of common election terms.
> Journal entries - give them an election-related prompt
and have them explore their feelings/opinions on issues
relevant to their age group. Next have them look at the
same issue from another perspective.
> Use newspaper articles on the election in classroom
> Persuasive Writing: Have the students write a persuasive
letter to a fictional candidate attempting to influence
the candidate's view on a political issue (the environ-
> Brainstorm issues relating to conservation and the
environment. Discuss the various candidates' positions
on these issues.
> Have students compose a letter to one of the candidates.
This letter can call attention to the long-term effects
of present-day environmental policies.
> See Link #3 below for information on the environment as
an election issue.
> Create campaign posters or "Get Out and Vote" posters
(We are having a contest through advisory in October.)
> Symbolism: Use campaign posters or political cartoons
to analyze the use of art and symbolism in an election.
> Incorporate songs with a patriotic theme into repertoire.
> Bake Uncle Sam Cookies (and distribute to teachers)!!