Friday, November 9, 2012

Election Fun!!

I don't know about you, but I am so thankful the election is over simply because I do not have to listen to adults be ugly to one another. I found this picture that I absolutely LOVE and wish everyone would post it in their house, car or workplace to remind them to be kind!!
With this being said, my Kindergarten team and I wanted to come up with a FUN election for our students to participate in. We wanted something that would help them understand what an election was and how it worked, without the actual politics. I don't know if you have checked out Debbie over at  K Is For Kinderrific's page yet or not but you need to!! She is a colleague of mine and I absolutely love coming up with and sharing ideas with her! We both teach Kindergarten at the same school and have a lot of fun! She was a huge help in planning this election!! Seriously, be sure to go check out her page!! 

K is for Kinderrific

We decided to have our Educational Assistant who our kids love and one of our secretaries run for "Principal".... (Of course it was just pretend but they took the idea and ran with it!) They created speeches, posters and told the students what they wanted to hear! (extra recess, popcorn parties and longer school days---the longer school days idea came from my class!?!?) 
Here are a few pictures from the "debate" and our voting process!!!

 Waiting to hear the speeches
 Ms. Burton introducing our candidates!

 Showing that it is important to shake hands and be kind! :)
 Time for the debate!
 Ms. Penny, our Kindergarten Assistant who we LOVE!!
 Ms. Stephanie one of our amazing secretaries!! We LOVE her!!

 The Candidates
 Our voting booth!
 Super excited to vote!!

 Our ballot!!
 Waiting patiently!!

 Thumbs up if you voted!
 Kellen really wanted to make sure I took his picture while voting :)

Ms. Penny came around the morning of the voting and gave every student a penny that said "Vote for Ms. Penny" How cute!!! She also promised them a popcorn party which she did follow through with and the students loved!! 
Our "I Voted" stickers!

And the winner is...........

MS. PENNY!!!!!!!!!

The boys and girls had a great time with this election and I am sure it is something they will remember. We also did an Opinion Writing Piece on why we voted for the person we did. I am of course home and left these at school so I will be posting some of them soon. Be sure to come back and check it out and please remember:
Be Kind!!! :)


K is for Kinderrific said...

Thanks for the shout out!! It WAS fun to do the whole election thing! Now we have 4 more years to plan what we'll do the next time around! :-) Your pics are precious!

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