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Why Children Should Know about Voting

This topic is currently relevant with the presidential vote imminent, and local NC polling in the next few weeks.. There is state and national impact for children to think its important to vote; maybe even encourage parents to do so.
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Why Children Should Know about Voting
  • Robyn Dezern says:
    The video is not color or cartoon oriented for very young learners, but it does give an excellent overview of presidential elections in "plain english" using simple graphics. The explanatory link should be short enough at less than 4 minutes to hold students' attention. Then the teacher could do a "Check for Understanding" of new vocabulary, such as electors.
  • Robyn Dezern says:
    The Internet link could be displayed in a Social Studies lesson for grades 3-5 because it highlights the voting process. In childhood terms, ZOOM demonstrates the idea of a democracy with majority win. It would be especially useful for students who vote for student council representatives from each classroom.
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    professorshouse.com

    Teaching Children about Politics

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    Robyn Dezern says:
    This is a very interesting link for its theoretical approach to why kids should be politically educated. It stresses the idea of forming and voicing an opinion of their own. The article would not be shared verbatim in the classroom setting (as in read to students or copied as a handout) but it could lead teachers to ideas for polling. Let children have their "own voice" about best cafeteria lunch, favorite subject, to have homework or not, etc as a class poll.
  • Robyn Dezern says:
    The link here lists 10 book suggestions to introduce kids to voting, its for ages 5-10 so covers read aloud to self reading. Of course, reading one together in class would be helpful before next year's Presidential election. I personally own "Duck for President" and love to reread the book with my 9-year-old who still enjoys it. As for a class activity, one idea could be having the students write a letter to the current president, or write about "if I were president."
  • cnn.com
    cnn.com

    Educating kids about the elections - CNN.com

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    Robyn Dezern says:
    This link discusses the importance of explaining politics to children who may only repeat what they hear parents say about candidates. It is a good CNN resource to usual for visualization since it includes a video link interviewing elementary children on what they know about voting. In addition, the link talks to the popular "Bad Kitty" author so "Bad Kitty for President" can be read aloud in younger grade classrooms.
  • Robyn Dezern says:
    This is a great link for educators and/or parents to discuss the importance of presidential voting using a question and answer format for youngsters. For example, children should be invited to go to polling with their adults at home. And as a classroom activity, students can vote simply on their favorite animal representation of a donkey or an elephant.
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