Topic: Voting process (Student Council/Green Schools)

Learning Outcomes

-participate in the life of the school e.g. through having a voice on the Student Council and the Green School Committee.

 

Introduction

    Watch the YouTube video about democracy:

    https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/visit-and-learn/teachers-and-students/primary/

    Write the term, ‘Student Council’ on the board and create a mind-map of everything the term means to the children based on their past experience.

    Define what the student council is and its role in the school community. Use examples from previous members and photographs from school events which were organised by the student council.

    Explain key vocabulary to the children including the words – democracy, candidate, vote, election, choice, ballot, preference.

     

     

    Development

    Watch the YouTube video about voting and elections:

    https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/visit-and-learn/teachers-and-students/primary/

    Look at recent election materials – posters, slogans etc.

    Explain to the children, that we are going to have a class election for our Student Council representative.

    Together we will set a date for the election and display it clearly in our class.

    Each child who is running as a candidate will create their own candidate poster using Google Slides or on a sheet including their own photo. The posters will be displayed in class as they are finished.

    Children not running for the election, will come up with  a list of questions for the class candidates and these will then be presented in Google Docs with space to record their answers.  The questions will be asked and answers recorded and displayed in class also.

    The children’s posters and answers will be displayed on the Class Do Jo page so the children can read the answers at home and in school. The children will decide which candidate they will vote for.

      Plenary

      On the day of the vote, a ballot box will be created in the classroom. Each child will tick their preference on their ballot sheet.

      The count will be completed by the teacher.

      The results will be announced in class the following day, with the results shared on the Class DoJo page.

      Candidates will congratulate / commiserate with each other accordingly.

      We will remove posters and discuss how to reuse the paper/materials.

       

      Other Resources for teaching this topic

      Candidates will use Google Slides to create their posters and type up their slogans.

      Children will type up a question for their candidate on Google Docs and record their candidates answer.

      iPad will be required for photographs, to create posters and record questions and answers.

      YouTube videos on democracy and on voting in Ireland.

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