Election Day: Mock Election Voting Simulation (In-Class Election Kit)

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Michelle McDonald
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We used this to do a school-wide election. They LOVED the whole thing! This was the perfect addition and made it super easy!
We had so much fun with this...I think some of my students will be excellent politicians!!! Starburst won in our classroom and my students really got involved with the product. Thank you!


Our future decision-makers are in our classroom today. It is critical that our students understand the voting process and recognize the importance of casting their vote. This civics lesson walks your students through the voting process with a mock election. Your students will learn key vocabulary, will participate in the campaign process, and will have a chance to cast their vote. This mock election can be used with ANY topic of your choice (favorite candy, book, best season, favorite sport, etc!)

Everything you need in one place!

Teacher Tips

Detailed teacher tips are included with facts, key words, and suggestions for how to carry out your mock election. The following teacher tip sheets are included:

- Mentor Text (list of picture books to use throughout)

- Ways to integrate vocabulary

- What is an election?

- Why vote?

- History of Voting (discrimination & barriers to voting)

- 5 Steps to Voting

- Campaigning

- Election Survey/Poll

- Election Day

- Facing Disappointment/Celebrations

- Citizenship (action steps for students to do now)

KWL Chart, Pocket Chart Words & Picture Cards

Gather student schema before, during, and after the lesson with the KWL chart. Add new vocabulary to your word wall, or have students complete the vocabulary sheet included. Pocket chart words as well as PICTURE CARDS are included:

- election

- president

- vote

- leader

- eligible

- register

- citizen

- candidate

- Republican

- Independent

- Democrat

- political party

- campaign

- slogan

- survey

- front-runner

- poll

Campaign Posters

Students will create a campaign poster. Students will learn about slogans and how to create a catchy phrase. Examples are included. This is great for a review of persuasive or opinion writing.

Register to Vote Cards

As students learn about the voting process and eligibility, they will pretend to be 18 years old and eligible to vote. Students will register to vote and will receive a voter registration card.

Pre-Election Survey (Tally & Graph the results)

Students will learn about the importance of election polls. Students will complete an election survey to find out data on the popularity of their choice. This is a great way to apply the math concept of graphing and analyzing data.

Materials and Instructions for Your Mock Election

This resource includes everything you need for holding a mock election in your class.

- Ballot box signs and instructions

- Ballots for Voting Day

- "I Voted" badges

- Election Word Find (to complete while students are casting their vote)

- Coloring pages (to complete while students are casting their vote)

- Election Results Graph

- The Daily Newspaper to announce the results

Reflection and Action

Your students will have an opportunity to reflect on what they learned as well as brainstorm ways that they can get involved as citizens (help a neighbor, join a cause, etc.)

Celebrate the election results with a themed party!

Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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