We spent the last week or two teaching our 2nd graders about elections. We began by reading some presidential books featuring favorite characters.
The kids were highly motivated by all of the election hype in the media. They loved reading these books and learning about the election process.
We learned about the qualifications and job descriptions of president. We hosted a grade level election where the kids voted for president. The candidates were Grace, Duck, and Teacher.
The kids made flyers promoting their candidate. We made the flyers on Smore.com. I have an educator account and added my students for free temporarily. We created accounts and each student made a presidential flyer. I placed a template into each student account. The kids learned how to use the pre-made template to add text and photos. They also got to experiment with writing persuasive statements. I shared a link to the flyers in parent emails.
Every 2nd grader voted for Grace, Duck, or Teacher for president. We made a voting booth, voter registration cards, and ballots. Our 2nd graders took this very seriously.
The grade level gathered together in the afternoon to count, tally, and graph the votes. Grace was the winner! Duck came in 2nd and Teacher was a close 3rd place.
On Tuesday, National Election Day, the whole school voted for the “real” president. At the end of the day we received election results. The results were the same as the “real” election. Donald Trump won on our campus too.
The kids had so much fun learning about the importance of voting and elections. I hope they find a passion for civics and continue to vote for the rest of their lives.