This document contains 52 cards- the 50 states, Washington DC, and a card of the United States. The image of the state is in the center, the placement of the state in the United States is shown in the bottom left corner, the Electoral College number is in the top right corner and the 2010 population is right above the image.
Some Classroom Ideas For These Cards:
1. What is the fewest number of states a candidate could "win" to
become president? What are the names of those states?
2. “Theoretically, what is the smallest percentage of the United
States population a candidate could represent in winning the necessary
270 electoral votes?”
3. What implications might your findings for 1 and 2 have for campaigning?
4. Have kids pair up and randomly choose 5 cards from a stack of 10
cards numbered 0-9- reinforces the importance of randomness. Whoever
gets the 9 gets to go first. Have them take a card from a stack (face
down) and if the last number in the electoral college number matches
on of their five numbers, the get to keep it! If not, it goes to the
bottom of the pile.
First to 270 wins!
5. Cards can be stacked to make histograms to show distribution of
electoral college numbers and the bin widths can be changed to change
6. A linear regression line can be drawn and the cards can be plotted
as data points to see if the residuals would be positive or negative.
7. You can make another set of cards using 2000 Census #s and compare
them... and then even go further back into history.
These cards were designed to be printed on 3x5 index cards from inkjet printers with guides to adjust to various sized paper. You can also
use a laser printer to print multiple cards on one sheet of paper and
then cut them out. Attached is a screengrab of the printer dialogue
box showing how you can do just that! I think 9 or 6 per page would
work the best with standard 8.5x11" paper.