Monday, November 12, 2012

Election Day at CCA

I have worked at my school through 2 elections now. During the one four years ago, one of my grade level team members came up with the idea of having the school vote and then reporting the results in an assembly. He figured out how many electoral college votes each class would have based on number on students, and then explained about the popular vote and the electoral college. It was really cool. So this year we did it again. 

Before we voted, we read a Scholastic News magazine about the candidates and about the election process. Then one of our 5th grade teachers sent her students around with their essays on who they thought should be elected. The read their papers to our classes and gave the students some good information on each candidate. 

Our school is 3 stories. On the 2nd level is 2nd and 3rd grade ( plus our academic center, computer lab, and music room). So the 2nd floor was our precinct. The 3rd grade team made this uber cute voting booth for our floor

Outside of the booth

Inside of the booth

We sent our kid's out of room to this lovely lady here. This is Miss G. my pre-student teacher. She ran our precinct. Each class had a color assigned to them. She checked their voter identification cards to make sure they were who they said they were. :) Then she crossed their name off of the list and gave them their ballot. We had some that had Mitt Romney listed first and some that had Barack Obama listed first, just to be fair. :) She also gave them an " I VOTED" sticker afterwards. 

 Then they brought their ballot over to this box.  The big box behind it was so that Miss G. could dump the little box out because it filled up FAST! 
This is one of my peanuts putting her ballot in the box.

This is where the pictures end because I forgot to bring my phone with me to the assembly! After all the kiddo's had voted, my teaching partner tallied the votes and created a power point presentation. He pointed out some information from last time and compared it to the way the votes were going this year. ( For example, our kindergarten and first graders voted more for Obama both years than the person he was running again. However, our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders tended to vote for Obama's opponent. Interesting.) He taught them again about the popular vote and the electoral college and when it was all said and done CCA had elected Mitt Romney as president. However, just like last time, CCA did not predict the winner. So apparently, pollsters need to start checking out our school. LOL. 

The kids loved it and I think they, and I, learned quite a bit in the process. Sorry, this post was not the next day as I said it would be...busy, busy, busy. :) Hoping to get a few more posts in over the next couple of days. I take a bunch of pictures intending to post and it doesn't always happen. I'm clinging to the fact that I am posting WAY more than I did last year. Going to go enjoy the rest of The Voice and Dancing with The Stars. I get to attend a conference tomorrow so I get to sleep in a little! :) Enjoy your Monday night friends!

1 comment:

  1. Election activitis are so much and I love how your entire school incorporated the electoral college!


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