Our student teacher, Ms. Silverman, led the students through a fun and engaging exercise in politics last month. Read her post below to find out what the students did and how it went!
In order to teach the kids more about elections and the political process, we decided to use pumpkins. You might wonder how pumpkins connect to the political process? Pumpkin politics, of course! Students had the opportunity to learn about campaigning and elections, using two pumpkins as our candidates for "Best Pumpkin in the United States." Two students were each assigned to one of the pumpkins and were asked to campaign on its behalf. Students learned about campaigning, and how it is a process where candidates try to convince and influence others to vote for them. Students representing the pumpkins wrote campaign speeches, which they delivered to the whole class. After, the students who presented the campaign speeches "traveled" throughout the room to different states represented by the remaining students, trying to convince the students to vote for their pumpkin. Then, we held a mock election. Before the winner was announced, we made sure to discuss the importance of appropriate behavior, whether the pumpkin candidate they voted for won or lost. Ultimately, it was a very close race. The names of the two pumpkins running in this election were Sir Pumpkin Lo Pumpkinoid and Roaldy. The winner was Roaldy by one vote. This showed the kids how close election races can be and how every vote counts. The kids really seemed to enjoy this experience and gain a better understanding of politics.
Little people, big minds.