I am sure you have spent time in your classrooms talking about the presidential elections. We are a little more than two weeks away from Election Day! Simple Solutions has created some FANTASTIC election ballots for you to use in the classroom to help your students become active participants in the voting process. There are 3 different ballots to choose from, depending on your classroom level or needs.
The Blank Ballot does not have names printed on the ballot. This was designed to spark a classroom discussion about what qualities good leaders have. Through a teacher-led discussion, students can nominate people they feel have these qualities. These people can be anyone, including classmates, principal, teachers, parents, or even famous people. The teacher can choose a few of the names and put them on the ballot for students to vote for. The activity can even extend to students making commercials selling a candidate to their classmates.
If you would rather focus simply on teaching the election process and not the presidential election, this ballot can also be used for voting for fun things like: favorite type of candy, movie they would like to watch as a reward, or whether or not they should get an extra recess!
The Elementary Level Ballot lists the names of the two main candidates running for President. Students most likely have heard these names being mentioned for the past few months, so this is a great time for students to learn more about what each candidate stands for before casting their vote.
The Upper Level Ballot lists all of the candidates running for President. Many students do not realize that there are more than two presidential candidates. This would be a great opportunity for students to understand and practice what it means to be an educated voter. By learning more about each of the presidential candidates, students can cast an educated vote.
We look forward to hearing from you! Tell us who won YOUR classroom election. Take pictures of your students voting and send them to us ( [email protected] ) Let’s celebrate what makes our country so great: democracy!