Election Day is coming and while my special needs son has some idea of this fact, I saw a teachable moment to help him understand a bit more! He is quite aware of who Donald Trump is and Hillary Clinton, but naive to the current events going on (Thank God!). However, he is quite capable of understanding the general ways of an election and seems interested in going with me to vote.
So, I created this unit to help him and other kids understand the election, without all of the nitty gritty details. Below is a short summary of the unit.
Election Day Unit (Download Here)
The following activities are included in this unit.
What a President does
Read Duck for President
Use this funny little story to first compare the traits of Duck as President, and then what a real President does. Discussions about what our current President does will help create a picture of what a President’s job is. You can download a free poster on Kids.gov.
Inside the thematic unit there is also a true/false activity to help develop an understanding of what a President does.
United States Map Activity
A United States map is provided to color in the states won by each major party electoral candidate running in the election. This can be completed while the election votes are being counted. You can obtain this information on any major news network that has online updates on the election.
The Presidential election is really a race to the White House. In this unit, there are 6 analog clocks to match to their digital time. Only hours and half hours are the focus of this cut and paste activity.
Secondly, a November calendar is provided to fill in and identify the election day. The year is 2016.
In case you need to tie in some reading skills, this cut and paste activity will help review beginning sounds of two initial consonant combintations.
If I became President….
Finally, a journal page is added for a creative writing assignment. After learning about the election and what the jobs are of the President, children can write a story about what they would do if they became President.
A craftivity can be included by making an American flag from construction paper. Then displaying the two together.