Left to Right: Integrating Technology and the Election in Your Classroom

Common Core State Standards: 
Model with Mathematics
Make Use of Structure
Instructional Strategies: 
Visual Representations
Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey by DonkeyHotey, on Flickr

As November approaches, we are surrounded by tons of resources and information related to the upcoming election. Between the news, rallies, debates, and even bumper stickers, political stories are everywhere this time of year, so why not incorporate them into your teaching? Here are some fun ways to introduce the material to students and even get them involved in their own electronic poll!

At Scholastic's website, students can learn election basics like who is running for President and the history of Election Day. There is a student interview with President Obama, political vocabulary, and an area to virtually “Meet the Candidates!”. Check out these great resources for an election-themed math lesson:

Engage your class in a discussion of how we use polls, charts, graphs, and other organizational tools to help us understand the election, identify patterns in different groups, and predict possible outcomes.  Check out PowerUp’s resources on Organizing strategies in math for more ideas.

Image source:
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  DonkeyHotey 

Acknowledgment: Special thanks to Rebecca Flynn for helping to prepare this blog post.


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