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    Mock Election
    By Jenni

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    Four years ago, I held a mock election with my kindergarten class. I had a picture of each canidate and some important facts about each president, such as favorite food, type of pet, family, and where they live. We talked about how voting is a private matter, and how you don't vote how your friends do. I set up a voting booth in our classroom with little ballots and each student got a chance to vote for president. We then calculated the votes with tally charts and a graph.

    Recently, one of those kindergartners came to my classroom, she is now a fourth grader, and we were talking about what she remembered from kindergarten. She said she remembered voting, even who she voted for. I would highly recommed having your kids vote for the president. Then they have a buy in to the real election. There is also a program called Kids Voting USA that has lesson plans for all the grade levels that deal with the election. You can check out the sample activities, which are free to download at:

    Click on Teachers only and then go to the For Other Teachers section and click on the blue Civics Alive link.

    I hope this is helpful. We are going to try and get my whole school to do a mock election this year. What fun!

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