Friday, April 27, 2012

STUCO Elections

As the year is winding down (3 more weeks!), we're starting to prep our kids for 6th grade and the transition to the middle school.  We will be shadowing current 6th graders, we're sending home summer school and 6th grade academy registration forms, and we're holding an election for STUCO.

My co-teacher and I worked together to create a Gold Seal (Quadrant D) lesson about the election process.  We've spent the entire week working on this, almost all day.  We've covered reading, writing, social studies, and math.  We've made campaign posters and iMovie commercials.  It's been a great experience, and I feel as though our kids have a really great understanding of elections.

Each 5th grade teacher (2 of us) chose 4-5 representatives to run in the primary election.  We based these decisions on behavior, academics, and responsibility.  We then divided the rest of the classes into groups, with each primary candidate being a leader of a group.  We further divided the classes into political parties.  I hosted the Republican Headquarters and my co-teacher represented the Democratic Headquarters.  During the week, we made Venn Diagrams comparing the two parties, but for our election purposes, we just used the names of the parties.  We discussed the fact that for STUCO elections there really are no parties, but by dividing the classes, we made it more "Relevant."

Each group's goal was to get their candidate elected.  They created posters and a commercial in support of their candidate.  They worked on writing speeches and were there as moral support.  It was great to see kids from the different classes working together as a team!

This was a fun lesson, and I know the kids enjoyed working on it.  I enjoyed it, but I don't mind if my classroom gets a little noisy while they're working (as long as they stay on topic!).

Congrats to Jessica from my co-teacher's class who was nominated for STUCO!  And, congratulations to Shaylyn from my class, who was runner-up for STUCO! She'll represent our school if one of the other elementary schools does not elect someone!   It was a close race and we had a lot of great candidates!


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