Activity to raise pupil's awareness of elections

At the start, it is necessary to go over previous lessons, focusing on the terms like the parliament, government, civil rights, elections, and voting right as the fundamental right in a democratic country. An election is described, followed by the Game of Elections, in which the class spokesperson is to be chosen.
The students try to describe the characteristics of an ideal spokesperson who should be trusted and respected. The election committee, chosen in advance, hands ballots to the students (the ballots are prepared by the teacher and contain the names of all classmates) and the election begins. Each student thinks out whom he/she will vote for. No-one should vote for him/herself. The first to vote are the members of the election committee who then sit at the election table and the students come one by one to vote. Each voter announces his/her name, the committee ticks them off the electoral roll, then the voter goes behind the screen, circles one name and casts the paper to the ballot-box in front of the class. Once the election is completed, the committee takes count of votes, writes the results on the blackboard and announces the winner – the class spokesperson. If several students receive the same number of votes, second round of the election is to be held. This time, only the winners of the first round are written on the ballots.
In the 5th grade, the students can make a table out of the results and create a column chart or a pie chart.

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Education techniques

Actual outcomes

Educational objective: Acquainting the students with democratic elections and civil rights
Qualities in focus: Civic responsibility
Target group, age of the students: 10–12 years of age
Suitable for: National History and Geography

Resources required

Box (representing a ballot-box), ballots, screen

Time needed

One hour

What could have been done differently or is planned for future repeats?

The children liked the activity, the lesson was very interesting. It was necessary to choose the election committee by random as everyone wanted to be a member of the committee. Curiously, more than half of the students voted for the same girl.

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