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Subject: Suggestions for teaching during a presidential election year
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 2:50 PM ET
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I'd like to cover some of the election process since this is an election year. The kidlets are grades 3, 2, K so it won't be too in-depth I guess.

Other than discussing the process and having a mock election, I don't have a clue.

What do you plan to do?

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 6:56 PM ET
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Here are some of my thoughts...   I was thinking about visiting the party offices and seeing if they will give us a tour and talk.  While we are there I hope to find a  candidate or two to do a little campaigning for.  I figure that if we all just do a little at the the grassroots level we can make just as much difference as those who throw their big money around!  I think it would be good for them to see what an election involves then go to the voting booth with us and get a little tour there too. 

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 11:54 AM ET
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The Teaching and Learning Company has some great materials:


Carole Marsh has some, too:


Both sites have the elections "front and center" on the home pages.

Edited to add - if you like some of the T&LC posters, but don't want the large pack, Rainbow Resource Center sells individual ones.


Last Edited on: 8/6/08 11:55 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 2:56 PM ET
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My mom always works the voting booth at our local voting place (the high school). I'll take J with me when I go up and vote, and maybe we'll just hang around and talk to people - I might volunteer to do exit poling if they want it at our site. Then we'll probably watch the tallies as they come in, up to about 9 pm.