Monday, January 23, 2006

all the cool kids are doing it

voting is sexy
it's voting day here in canada. even though the polls show my choice doesn't really have a chance of being the next prime minister (yet!), i still get really excited on election day. i can't wait to watch the results tonight on tv! (i guess that might sound a bit geeky.)

i've been teaching the "election" unit to the gr. 5's at school since november. it was such a perfect learning opportunity to have a real election called during the unit. today all of that culminated in a mock election.

i made a polling station just for that class, complete with yellow "election canada" signs showing where the voting was taking place. we were lucky enough to have a real polling station at our school and the nice supervisor lent me 2 cardboard barriers so the students could vote in privacy (just like the adults!). i had 2 students act as returning officers: one highlited each name on the list of voters, the other student handed out ballots. after everyone in the class had voted, we watched the real thing in action. the supervisor was really kind and allowed us to sit quietly on the stage and ask her some questions while the public came in and voted. the kids loved it!!

here's the little ballot box and ballots i made for the students with the names of the candidates in their riding.
mockelection

hopefully some of those kids will still be excited to vote when they turn 18!

10 comments:

tania said...

you are great! i wish you were my teacher in grade 5!!!!
:)
xox
go jack!

Chelebele said...

You have brought tears to my eyes. You are a wonderful teacher and role model. I am so proud to say you are my cousin, the teacher.

Dad said...

That was really a great idea. Democracy in action I would have to say.
(By the way what party won?)

Dad

krissy said...

thanks so much for the sweet comments! dad, the students voted overwhelmingly for ndp, but i swear i had *nothing* to do with that! i made sure i kept my bias out of the lessons---but their homeroom teacher did not do the same. i'm sure more than a few of them were influenced by his comments.

Karina said...

Oh Krissy, that looks like so much fun!!! I was working as a poll supervisor yesterday and there was so much election excitement everywhere I went (especially in the office when I had to pick up supplies!!!) I LOVE your 'real' ballots! And that you took the kids to watch the voting. Must have been a real snore, but somehow exciting at the same time!
Way to go, teacher!

Mom said...

The kids must love being in your class...you make school fun!! Ron and I spent the day working at the polls. We left the house at 8 am and returned at 11 pm. It was a busy day and sooooo much fun. Met some great people. I haven't had that much fun since the One of a Kind Show!!!

jen said...

that it so awesome that you are teaching the kids about the importance of voting. you rock.

i really love voting and election day too, even though my candidates (here in the U.S.) haven't been winning much lately.

aunty jan said...

so cool! atta go Kris....

Carla said...

That does look fun for the kidlets! My riding is orange and I'm thrilled, yay Peggy Nash!

taragoe said...

so cool! your kids are awfully lucky...i know i would have been a more motivated voter if i'd had a teacher who printed out special election cards for us:-) so awesome and inspiring!

i'm going to share your idea with some teaching folks around here if that's okay with you...cause we definitely need help getting kids excited about voting in california...