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November 6, 2018

3 Essential Classroom Materials to Help Students Understand the Election Process

By Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    Key Takeaways

    • Elections are an important and complex component of social studies and civics instruction.
    • Hands-on activities and wall displays are an effective way to help young students understand the election process.
    • Scholastic can help transform any classroom into a polling station for classroom elections and help students get in the election season spirit.

    Supplementing your lessons with hands-on activities and visuals is an effective way to help students understand the election process and raise their political awareness. By staging your own classroom elections and having students experience what it’s like to cast a vote — and maybe even have a voice in shaping the political landscape of your classroom — they’ll see why elections are so important to everyday life. Adding bulletin boards as visual cues helps students learn relevant vocabulary and see exactly how government is structured.

    From understanding the government’s system of checks and balances to staging your own classroom election, Scholastic has all the materials you need to help students move from election excitement to a deeper appreciation of our government.

    1.     The Election Activity Kit is the perfect way to help students understand the election process. It includes more than 30 pages of reproducible activities and everything you need to stage a classroom election — an easy-to-assemble ballot box, reproducible ballots and registration forms, and a large, colorful “Vote Smart!” banner.

    2.     This Election Word Wall Mini Bulletin Board will help students build content-area vocabulary. Featuring 31 word cards and colorful election scenes, this wall set is the perfect visual complement to your civics and social studies lessons.

    3.     Wondering how to teach students about checks and balances and the ins and out of the U.S. government? The Our Government: Bulletin Board is a great visual. It explains the roles of each branch of government and how they “check and balance” one another to keep the government running smoothly and fairly. Consider outlining your wall display with some patriotic bunting, such as a scalloped trim or jumbo border.

    Helping young students understand how government works at an early age provides a great foundation for their future learning in civics and social studies. These are just a few of the materials you can use to supplement your content-area lessons and build upon the energy and excitement surrounding the elections.

     

     

    Key Takeaways

    • Elections are an important and complex component of social studies and civics instruction.
    • Hands-on activities and wall displays are an effective way to help young students understand the election process.
    • Scholastic can help transform any classroom into a polling station for classroom elections and help students get in the election season spirit.

    Supplementing your lessons with hands-on activities and visuals is an effective way to help students understand the election process and raise their political awareness. By staging your own classroom elections and having students experience what it’s like to cast a vote — and maybe even have a voice in shaping the political landscape of your classroom — they’ll see why elections are so important to everyday life. Adding bulletin boards as visual cues helps students learn relevant vocabulary and see exactly how government is structured.

    From understanding the government’s system of checks and balances to staging your own classroom election, Scholastic has all the materials you need to help students move from election excitement to a deeper appreciation of our government.

    1.     The Election Activity Kit is the perfect way to help students understand the election process. It includes more than 30 pages of reproducible activities and everything you need to stage a classroom election — an easy-to-assemble ballot box, reproducible ballots and registration forms, and a large, colorful “Vote Smart!” banner.

    2.     This Election Word Wall Mini Bulletin Board will help students build content-area vocabulary. Featuring 31 word cards and colorful election scenes, this wall set is the perfect visual complement to your civics and social studies lessons.

    3.     Wondering how to teach students about checks and balances and the ins and out of the U.S. government? The Our Government: Bulletin Board is a great visual. It explains the roles of each branch of government and how they “check and balance” one another to keep the government running smoothly and fairly. Consider outlining your wall display with some patriotic bunting, such as a scalloped trim or jumbo border.

    Helping young students understand how government works at an early age provides a great foundation for their future learning in civics and social studies. These are just a few of the materials you can use to supplement your content-area lessons and build upon the energy and excitement surrounding the elections.

     

     

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