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    By StephR

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    I am doing the Election theme right now. My third graders are really getting into it. We aren't delving into the major political issues, but we are talking about the basics. Scholastic News had an article describing the two candidates, so we compared/contrasted them. We talked about the qualities of a leader and a president and brainstormed what we thought a perfect president would be. Then we wrote about it. We are making a dictionary of all the election terms (as we come to the term in our research, we list it out, then clarify later) If they see anything on the news, they write down what they saw and what it had to do with the election and bring it in as part of "Current Events" We have looked at the constitution and discussed the basis of the presidency. We are just basically touching on things so the kids get a better grasp of what is going on right now in the country!

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