Have you ever
voted for something with your friends or family, like what you would have for
dinner, what game you would play, or who would be chosen to represent your
class for student council? You
voted so that you had a say in what would happen or who would represent you,
In a democracy,
people vote for the people who they want to represent them in the
1. Read a little about how the government
affects you at http://pbskids.org/democracy/govandme/
to the teacher read, Duck For President.
Click on the link below and answer the questions on a separate sheet of
paper. We will discuss the
questions as a whole class.
Listen to the following Brainpop about Democracy
and voting http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/democracy/. At your tables, determine how many of
your parents would be allowed to vote back in the early days of voting in
Greece. Do you think this is
4. Read Vote! By Eileen Christelow. At your tables, discuss the timeline of
voting and who was and was not allowed to vote at different points in
5. Now read up on the voting requirements in
Connecticut today. Look at who you
need to be to register to vote and the information required on the registration
6. At your table groups, develop a simple
voter registration form for the class, which includes the requirements for who
you need to be to vote in this classroom.
Make sure the requirements ensure that all students in the class can
vote, but students not in the class cannot vote for your class’s
representative. Each table’s voter
registration form will be presented to the class. You will need to vote within your table group to decide who
will present your document to the class.
7. Watch this Brainpop video to learn more
about voting http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/usgovernmentandlaw/voting/. The username and password is written on
8. Go through the Q&A on voting at http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/usgovernmentandlaw/voting/qanda.weml.
9. Take the Brainpop quiz by clicking on the
GRADED QUIZ button at http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/usgovernmentandlaw/voting/quiz/. After you take the quiz, e-mail the
results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Now we’ll vote for our class
representative who will represent our class’s ideas to the party committee for
what we should do for our end of the year class party. Any student who wishes to be elected
may put their names on the board.
If you put your name on the board, you must give a 1-minute speech
regarding why you would be a good representative for the class. Now go to the voting ballet located in
the resource section below called Resource 1: Voting Ballet. Type in the names of the candidates
listed on the board and then print the document and cast your vote by filling
in the ballet and submitting it into the vote box on the teacher’s desk. The votes will be counted and tallied by
the teacher and the winner announced!
11. Reflect on why voting for government
officials is important. Write a
persuasive paragraph meant to persuade a person you know who is not planning to
vote in the presidential election that it is important for them to vote.
a list of reasons why it is important to vote for government officials based on
what you learned in the Brainpop on voting. Watch the videos and/or review the book called Vote! again
if you need help with your list.
Please put you paragraph or you list into the WebQuest portfolio folder to be reviewed by your teacher.
ONE LAST THING!!! Please go to the Conclusion tab on the left side of your screen and complete the WebQuest reflection! This should be done before we finish for the day so this journey is still fresh in your mind! :D