Elections offer a unique opportunity for students to learn about the political process and to witness the wheels of democracy in motion. Mrs. Wukitch, Lincoln and Macungie Elementary Gifted and Talented Teacher, helped students learn about elections and the election process through a 2016 Book Election.
This November, Mrs. Wukitch turned her Gifted and Talented classrooms into campaign headquarters! Her students selected their favorite book as their candidate. Students created their own campaigns and slogans, created campaign posters, and gave riveting speeches to fellow classmates on why they should choose their candidate.
Students were all given ballots before the campaign speeches began. Before placing their votes, students learned about the Electoral College, and how it works in respect to the popular vote. Students then placed their vote for their favorite candidate (book).
This mock election got students excited about the election process. The amazing thing is that the process did not have to be about politics. Instead, it was about decision making and learning about the democratic process. Mrs. Wukitch’s mock election was a great way to make the experience come alive for children.
And the winners are…
Lincoln: The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig: Millie Thompson
Macungie 3rd Grade: Diary of a Wimpy Kid-Hard Luck: Alex Ervin
Macungie 4th Grade: Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great: Eve Smith
Macungie 5th Grade: Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy, The Dragon Prophecy: T.J. Seislove