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Voting process (Student Council/Green Schools)

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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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      Understand how democracy works within the school.

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      Topic: Understand how democracy works within the school.

      Learning Outcomes

      Children will understand how a democracy works within a school.

      Children will partake in the democratic process.

      children will develop the skills required to become involved in this process.

       

      Introduction

      Show pictures of different houses of government. Talk and discussion

      Do they know where and what these buildings are?

      Do they know the names of the heads of these governments.

      why do we have a government? How are these people chosen? What responsibilities have they?

      In your opinion, how can you get involved? How do you ensure your rights and opinions are being listened. Is there a democratic forum on Which your voices will be heard?

      Development

      The children will participate In a think, pair, share about the word democracy. They will discuss what might be their findings and what they would like to see in a potential class leader.

      The children will create and a campaign poster highlighting the skills and qualities required of a class leader.

      The children could also create a campaign video/ or PowerPoint presentation indicating why they should be considered for the class role.

       

      Plenary

      The children will present their poster, presentations to the class.

      The other children could engage in a 2 stars and wish activities to conclude the lesson.

      Afterwards, the children will be given the opportunity to vote in their favorite class candidate.

       

      Other Resources for teaching this topic

      Powerpoint presentations

      podcastign episodes

      campaign videos

      watching campaign videos of popular politicians from the past