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Democracy in the Classroom. Annie Dardis ED 417-02 Dr. Ronald Helms. Democracy in the Classroom. Unit: Government Grade level = 3 Lesson on Voting and Elections. Objectives. Students will develop an appreciation for the power and influence of voting in a democracy

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democracy in the classroom

Democracy in the Classroom

Annie Dardis

ED 417-02

Dr. Ronald Helms

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Democracy in the Classroom
  • Unit: Government
  • Grade level = 3
  • Lesson on Voting and Elections
  • Students will develop an appreciation for the power and influence of voting in a democracy
  • Students will learn how to study the candidates and issues relevant to the elections
  • Students will understand what is involved in the registration and voting process
  • Students will learn how to stay involved with the civic affairs after an election
objectives cont
Objectives cont.
  • Students will practice good handwriting and spelling skills
  • Students will stay focused and on task during the assignment
  • Students will use mathematical skills to interpret graph data
  • Students will work cooperatively in pairs for one assignment
  • Students will actively participate in all classroom discussions
introductory activities
Introductory Activities
  • Writer’s Workshop
    • Have students write what the word “democracy” means to them
      • Select a few students to share
      • Make a class list of some of the characteristics of a democracy
    • Next have students write a response to 5 W’s of voting
      • Why voting is important?
      • Who is allowed to vote?
      • What they vote on?
      • Where they vote?
      • When do we find out the results?
activity 1 registering to vote
Activity 1 – Registering to Vote
  • Materials
    • Voter Registration Cards
    • Pencils
    • Markers
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Activity 1 – Registering to Vote
  • Explain the importance of registering to vote
  • Choose two students with the same name and acknowledge how some people could vote for others or multiple times if we did not have registration cards
  • Students will complete registration cards and teacher will display them in classroom
activity 2 meet the candidates
Activity 2 – Meet the Candidates
  • Materials
    • Meet the Candidates Handouts
    • Pencils
    • Scissors
    • Campaign literature
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Have students bring in campaign literature to class (newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, etc.)

Divide students into pairs to work together

Have them look through campaign literature and select three candidates and their promises


Activity 2 – Meet the Candidates
activity 2 meet the candidates cont
Students will cut out pictures of the candidates and glue them on their papers

Students will write down three of each candidate’s promises and be prepared to share with the class

Have a follow up discussion and ask the students who they would consider voting for based on their promises

Activity 2 – Meet the Candidates cont.
activity 3 voter apathy
Activity 3 – Voter Apathy
  • Materials
    • Ballots handouts
    • Please Vote Today Handouts
    • Cardboard box
    • Construction paper
    • Pencils
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Discussion to introduce the ballot and its format

Have students create issues for the ballots

When students come in each morning, they will pick up a ballot and vote on a different issue each day

Activity 3 – Voter Apathy
activity 3 voter apathy cont
Activity 3 – Voter Apathy cont.
  • As the teacher, do not remind students to vote every morning because everyone does not always vote
  • Follow up at the end of the week by tallying votes, discussion questions, and voter apathy
activity 4 voting graphs
Activity 4 – Voting Graphs
  • Materials
    • Construction paper
    • Scissors
    • Shower curtain with rod
    • Markers
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Activity 4 – Voting Graphs
  • Cut out construction paper into two inch squares pass them out to the class
  • Create the graph with appropriate labels
  • Children will vote on 3 issues relevant to current election issues that are appropriate for the classroom by placing their square up on the shower curtain graph
  • The class will then tally or count votes to compare and contrast the 3 graphs
activity 5 watching the returns
Activity 5 – Watching the Returns
  • Materials
    • Map of United States
    • Colored pencils – red, white, and blue
    • Television or internet source
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Activity 5 – Watching the Returns
  • Discuss as a class what resources provide update information about the voter turnout/returns
  • Students will complete the map at home with parents
  • Students will return to class with map and we will tally the votes to determine which party won the presidential election
  • Class disscussion on thoughts, emotions, or concerns regarding the election
website resources
Website Resources
  • Kids Voting USA
  • Kids Voting Ohio
  • The Democracy Project
  • Kids for Democracy
  • Democracy for Kids