If You Were President
Could you get the job done?
Imagine yourself in the Oval Office in this online activity.
What to do:
1. With your child, log on to the If You Were President activity in the Kids Fun Online area of Scholastic.com.
2. Invite your child to enter his name, and then select his advisors. Are there people in the current administration (or featured in the newspaper) who are similar to the possible advisors?
3. Discuss the pros and cons of selecting each advisor. Your child should think carefully about his choices — he'll have to defend them later.
4. Next, decide what percentage of the budget should be spent on various areas, such as education, the military, and health care, and use the sliders to represent the choices made. What are the most important areas? What programs have to make do with less money? Your child will also have to explain these decisions later.
5. Time to face the press! Your child can write his responses to a reporter's questions about his choices and ideas. Then, find out what the papers have to say about it.
• provides practice with pie charts and percentages
• contributes to understanding of issues facing our government
• builds awareness of current events