Election Fun: Show Me Your Card!
A Voter Registration I. D. is a fun way for students to practice writing their name and address.
It's also a good way to assess how they are listening and following directions, as they fill out pertinent information that they should know, on an "important" form.
To make the Voter Registration I.D. more realistic, have students glue their school photograph in the box provided. If you don't have one, they can draw a self-portrait.
Teacher's sign the template on the teacher blank space, before they run off copies. So that students can make up their own, refer to your signature, when you are explaining what a signature is to your students.
Have children show you their Voter Registration I.D. before they vote in your mock election.
To show them how important their I.D is, if they've forgotten it, when they come up to vote, send them back to their desk to get it, before they can cast their vote.
Afterwards, you might even want to have a discussion whether they think a voter I.D. is important, and discuss how voters verify who they are in real state and national elections, before they can vote.
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My Y5's really enjoyed playing games. It was a hands-on fun way to get all sorts of life-skills and standards covered in a short amount of time.
I designed "I Spy A Letter." with those concepts in mind, as they will help teach: Common Core State Standards:RF.K1d, L.1.1a
I Spy A Letter is a very versatile packet. Although the picture shows lowercase letter samples, the packet also works on recognizing and practicing uppercase letters in an interesting way as well.
Your students will enjoy becoming ABCDe-tives as they spy letters and then trace them.
They will also like making a slider. Sliders are simply the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet, listed vertically on two separate strips of paper, that students slide through two slits of a window.
You can use this packet as table top worksheets, Speed games, or even as assessments.
I've also included traceable upper and lowercase letter flashcards with a cover, so students can make Itty Bitty booklets, a tip sheet of what else you can do with the traceable cards, + "kaboom" bomb cards if you want to play those games with the letters.
Theres an upper and lowercase trace and write worksheet; an upper and lowercase "I Spy!" tracing game sheet, that can double as an assessment tool; + the "craftivity" upper & lowercase letter slider for girls and 1 for boys.
These can be a fun "I Spy!" game, or use as an assessment tool too. Finally, I've also designed an ABCDe-tective certificate of praise.
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Here's a Word Family TRICK For Helping Teach Common Core, That's A Real TREAT!
Your students will enjoy making this quick and easy Halloween treat bag “craftivity,” that’s perfect for Daily 5 “word work,” as they practice the –ick and –eat Word Families.
You'll be covering the Phonological Awareness Common Core State Standards: RF.K2a, RF.K2c and RF.K2e
Run off my template with the adorable Laura Strickland trick or treaters on it.
You can use the treat bag just as it is, or you can cut off the top of a brown paper lunch bag, so that it fits on the back of this treat bag, and glue it on.
It's a little trickier to manipulate the strips, but then it's truly a functional bag for doing other things with, which I'll explain later.
Help children SLIT the top & bottom dashed lines of the squares. Insert letter strips, so students can make new words.
There will be a few giggles as they say “Wick or wheat”, “Sick or seat” "Chick or cheat" and “Kick or heat.” etc.
I’ve also included, traceable word flashcards + covers so students can practice the words in yet another way, and make Itty Bitty booklets.
When they have finished cutting & tracing their word cards, they can drop them in the bag when they are done.
Students write their name on the side of the bag. You can punch holes and put in real
yarn for handles if you want a more 3-D effect.
After everyone has completed their bag, call on students to pull their strips to make the various sentences. Children read them in unison.
Make sure the last one they read is “Trick or Treat!” Drop a piece of candy corn, or a sticker, or special treat in their bag, for their great effort!
You can also play “I Have; Who Has?” with the word cards. Make a copy of the word cards and do not cut them out. Post these pages on the board.
Make another copy and laminate them. Cut these out. Put them in your Trick or Treat bag and have students choose cards ‘til they are all gone.
You read an –ick card and ask for an -eat card on the list. The –eat child reads their card. Both children say their “–ick or –eat!” sentence together. Those cards go in the bag. Play continues ‘til all of the cards are gone.
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Comparing and Contrasting The Election With Venn Diagrams
Another fun way to plug in the election is through Venn diagrams. Venn diagrams are a great way for students to collect, analyze and compare data. They are a quick visual representation, that children grasp easily.
When completed, they make a nice election bulletin board or hallway display, and can be hung back-to-back from the ceiling.
Although there are Venn diagrams included in this packet for the 2012 election, there are also plenty of blank and neutral Election Venn diagrams, (14 total), so this packet will be able to be used for future election activities.
Click on the link to view/download Election Venn Diagrams.
If you're looking for some Election voting badges for your students, I just finished 8 different designs. Click on the link to view/download them.
If you've missed the other election activities I've blogged about, simply scroll down. If you're looking for more Election-themed lessons, click on the link. This will take you to an entire section of Election items and packets. Scroll down to choose which ones you want to download.
I'm not done designing election stuff, so be sure and pop by next week for some math and time related activities.
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This 7-page My Election Easy Reader Booklet packet, will help you teach Common Core State Standards: RF.K1a, RF.K1c, RF.K3c, L.K2a, L.K2b
Students read the simple sentences made up of 14 Dolch words and trace key words, as well as fill in the blanks with their opinions.
Remind students that the first word is capitalized, the end of the sentences have punctuation, there are spaces between the words, they read from left to right and from the top down.
It is also a good idea to do an example, to point out each of these standards as you explain them.
Students cut and glue election-themed pictures to matching numbered shapes. I designed this election easy reader to be only a page long, so it only takes students about 5 minutes to complete and is perfect for a Daily 5 activity.
The Election packet also includes 25 traceable word flashcards + a cover, so students can make an Itty Bitty booklet. I've also included a certificate of praise for students who are able to read the booklet on their own.
You can extend your reading lesson with these traceable word flashcards, which are great for "word work."
Click on the link to view/download the Election Easy Reader Booklet packet.
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Be sure and stop back sometime at the end of this week to check for new election items, as I want to do some geared around math.
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