Mrs. Murphy started by teaching the kids to think about the "pros" and "cons" of choosing a specific alternative. Of course, first she had to teach them about what pros and cons were. The kids caught on quickly, practicing by coming up with the advantages and disadvantages of having a cat as their class pet.
It soon became clear that a cat was not a good candidate.
Then Ms. Murphy split her class into three groups. She gave each group a kind of creature to consider (much to the kids' disappointment, bunnies and dogs weren't included!). Each team was supposed to consider an animal's qualifications for the job, and if it was a likely candidate, they would mount a campaign. They figured this out by, once again, coming up with the animal's pros and cons.
All three groups found that the pros of their animal outweighed the cons. The political parties were formed.
THE FISH PARTY
THE HERMIT CRAB PARTY
THE GECKO PARTY
The race was on!