First learn more about the Constitution with grade-level reading sheets. Then introduce students to the voting process using apples.
This curriculum includes research assignments, voting activities, informational text, debate topics, current event notebook illustrations, and more.
Lesson Plan for the Apple Candidate voting process:
Read A Student’s Connection to the World: “Representatives, Senators, & the President” aloud to second and third graders. Have fourth and fifth graders read their sheets. Send “The Caucus” or “Your Candidate” sheets home with students. Both sheets are for the same activity but the selection will depend on how your state runs an election. This is best to do on a Friday.
After students bring their apples to school, hold a primary election. Then have them read “Apples and Their Trees” and do election research. Hand out the debate worksheet.
Hold a debate based on student research. Then allow students to have fun campaigning for the apple of their choice.
Hold a popular and Electoral College election.
Choose one activity:
- Have students write a reflection paper about the whole election process.
- Current Event Notebook Illustrations: Have students glue the appropriate illustrations in their current event notebooks as they write about the Vote for a Good Apple election process.
“Vote for a Good Apple - Our Constitution - A Classroom Election Activity” is copyrighted (c) 2016 by S. Kay Seifert. All rights reserved. No part of this material (in part or as a whole) may be altered. Teachers and parents may use this material for students in the classroom or at home, reproducing student sheets for personal use. This curriculum may not be commercially reproduced for print, electronic, or other formats and/or platforms, and may not be distributed electronically, via the cloud, or commercially, unless written permission is given by S. Kay Seifert. First printing, 2014.