Thursday, November 1, 2012

Our Election Unit



Here's some honesty for you ... I am dreading the election so much that I was planning to not even cover it with my kids in school. I figured that in four years, when they are older, we'd do a full unit. But, they do have a fascination with the presidents, and I know that tiny seeds could be planted now to make the election in four years even more informative. I certainly didn't want to spend a week on it. But, I did pull together some reading, writing, math, a craft, and cooking to make the election fun and meaningful for them.

We will divide our studies up into two days: the first day being tomorrow and then we will finish it on Tuesday, ending our lessons with a field trip to the polls for me to cast my vote.


Literature

 Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio


Vote! by Eileen Christelow


 Duck for President by Doreen Cronin


 Patty for President by Jean Davis Callaghan

 
 So You Want to be President by Judith St. George


  See How They Run by Susan E. Goodman


Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown

Writing

Write a five part paragraph using a Graphic Organizer for Grace for President.


Math

Electoral College map analysis
Electoral Map Math (scholastic)


Craft



General Activities


"Election Day: Choosing our President" video by Learn Our History
Word search
Vocabulary worksheet


Other Activities (that we probably won't get to)

"The Electoral Collage" and "Electoral Challenge" game (Scholastic)
Electoral Collage memory game
"The Race is On!" video (Scholastic)
"Seven Hats Challenge" game (Scholastic)
"Casting Your Vote" movie and activity (OLE)
"Evaluating Leadership" movie and activity OLE)


Food

She's a Grand 'Ol Flag Lasagna

Who knows ... by the end of our lessons the election might be meaningful for me, too. Or, at the very least, I might actually have a grasp on the Electoral College.

1 comment:

  1. I have several of these books on our Elections study book list. My problem is I haven't started it with Nolan yet! We may be doing our election study after the election. LOL

    Looks great!

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