Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Democracy by Doing--Part 2

Yes, it's America's Election Day and adults are streaming (we hope!) to vote for the president of the United States.

If you had read yesterday's post, you'd know that our report on the race in Ms. Murphy's classroom had just begun.  The kids divided into three parties (The Fish Party, The Hermit Crab Party, and The Gecko Party).  They were campaigning to choose an animal to be their class pet.

They started to make posters and slogans to sell their candidates to their classmates.  

Some used the straightforward approach.

Some kids realized that all the advantages that they listed for having, say, a fish or gecko, would be good, persuasive points in a campaign. After all, a person from The Gecko Party might be convinced by a good argument to vote for a hermit crab on Election Day.  Or maybe the reverse. Right?

Good artwork or graphics are always helpful too.

Will the kids be able to change each others' minds?