## Election Time: Teaching Digital and Analog Time

It’s Time To Vote! Teaching Time With Election-Themed Games

The final countdown for the election is here! Are you still looking for a few things to do that fit in with your standards? How about studying analog and digital time with an election-themed game? This 7-page packet does just that!

Students spin the vote spinner that looks like an analog clock and write in the digital time in the correct order from 12:00 to 11:00 on the ballots that look like they’re going into the ballot box.

The 1st student to complete their ballot box or the one with the most times filled in when the timer rings, is the winner.

In the Time To Vote blank analog clock game, run off the template.

Students play with a partner. Children take turns rolling 1st one dice for number times 1-6. iif they roll a 1, they put that number on their clock and then draw a red circle around it. You are covering several math concepts this way.

Students use a red marker or crayon for ODD numbers and a blue one for EVEN numbers. This will make an ABAB pattern around the clock face.

Once students have filled in those times, they get to play with 2 dice. They then add the dice together to get numbers 7-12 covering addition.  If you want, you can have them show you the equation on a scrap sheet of paper.

The 1st child to fill in their vote clock, or the one with the most numbers filled in before the timer rings, is the winner.

I have filled in the 12. as an example. When a child rolls a combination of numbers that add up to 12 they can trace the blue circle.

If you want children to make a Vote Clock, so that you can whole group, or individually assess your students, have them cut out their VOTE clock circle and glue it to a paper plate, then poke a hole in the center of the O in vote. Add construction paper hands, or a large and short paper clip attached by a brass brad.

To whole-group assess analog time, choose a quiet student to call out a time. Children manipulate the hands to show the correct time.

When they have positioned the hands, they hold up their clocks.  Continue, ‘til all of the times have been called.

The packet also includes traceable digital time cards to the hour and half hour + blank analog clock cards to be filled in as an assessment or skill practice.

If you are looking for other Election Themed Activitiies like Election Writing prompts, Election buttons-badges-posters, Venn diagrams, graphs & maps, Election math lessons, Election easy readers, or Election word wall words with a dictionary, simply click on the link to go to my Election-themed section. Scroll down and choose the Election lessons you want.  I even have a voter registration card and ballot for you to use in your own mock election on Tuesday.

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## Election Lessons and Activities: Election Venn Diagrams

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.

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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## Election Lessons and Activities: Election Writing Prompts

Election Writing Prompts

Election Writing Prompts is another packet of Election Activities you can do with your students.

The picture only shows a few writing prompt header cards and class book covers. There are 14 in all, and several ways you can use them.

Run off the header sheets and have students color the pictures. Children trace the initial sentence and then complete the thought.

Younger students can simply complete sentences on the one page; older students can expand their thoughts and write more, by attaching another sheet of lined paper to the bottom.

So that you are covering the various Common Core State Standards, remind students that the first word is capitalized, that there are spaces between words, that they are reading from left to right and from the top down, and that sentences should end with proper punctuation.

These writing prompts are terrific for a writing center or Daily 5 activity and when completed, make a great Election bulletin board.

For a quick and easy election bulletin bulletin board, have students glue their work to red or blue construction paper. Add a white cut out star to the corner. Trim your bulletin board or wall with patriotic border.

The header prompts also look nice suspended back-to-back from the ceiling.

I’ve also included the various writing prompts in a class book form, where students trace the beginning portion of the sentence and then complete the thought, but illustrate their own page.

Instead of a header for the student page, I've used the art word as covers for each class book.

You collect completed student writing, collate the book, and then share the finished copy with your class.  Children can read their own contributions.

Class books are great to share at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

There's also a Democratic and Republican party writing prompt, as well as posters and a graphing extension.

I think it's important that students have some background information on the parties, what they stand for, their platforms, how the symbols came about etc. You can find this info out by having students do a bit of research on the Internet, as well as on my trivia page in my election stuff.

You don't want little ones voting for a Republican candidate simply because they like elephants better than donkeys, which I have actually found to be the case with some of my Y5's, when I asked why they voted the way they did! (They wanted their name in the elephant column, or they wanted to wear an elephant badge, or do an elephant, rather than a donkey craftivity.)

Here are some other websites you might find helpful when planning election activities:

Ben's Guide To the US (Government for Kids)  Is geared K-12 and includes online lessons, games, helpful links and a variety of topics that range from the branches of government and elections, to the legislative process and citizenship.

Scholastic's Election 2012 features updates on all the election news from the Kids Press Corps, + an "election central" with a kid-friendly resource section, election maps, games, videos etc.

One of my favorite sections was seeing the results of their nationwide vote. They posted who won the "Scholastic Presidential" election. They even show the break down by states and include percentages! Some are quite startling.  This information, makes for great discussion, as well as an opportunity to compare your class and school's results with theirs.

Finally, Kids Voting USA organizes authentic mock elections.  They also have a resource page for the 2012 election and FREE K-12 classroom activities, that cover 4 themes: Elections and Voting, Democracy and the People, Informed Citizens and Civic Engagement.

If you haven't read my previous election-themed articles that I've blogged about, be sure and scroll down. Click on the link to view/download the other election stuff available on teachwithme.

I plan on designing some math-related election activities, as well as "It's Election Time" dealing with digital and analog time. + an easy reader about elections, so be sure and check back all this week and next for new things!

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