What’s the Big Deal About Elections

The Story

What’s the Big Deal About Elections by Ruby Shamir explores the sometimes complex but very important topic of elections and voting! Join us as we learn more about one of our fundamental rights as Americans. Click HERE for the lesson plan.

The Questions

  1. What are elections? What do they do?
  2. Why are elections important?
  3. Who gets to vote in elections? Why or why not?
  4. Has there ever been a time when you were able to share your ideas or opinion by voting?

The Activities

Hold Your Own Election

  • Instead of an election for a person, hold an election to elect what your family has for dinner, your family’s favorite book, or what game you will play for family game night.
  • Pick something to vote on, create voter registration cards, make a ballot box or booth.
  • Hold an election and have everyone in your family cast their vote
  • What won? Did everyone in your family agree on the same thing?
  • Want a challenge? Try holding a vote in your classroom or neighborhood- notice it’s harder to get everyone to agree the bigger the group is!

Make a Future Voter Badge

  • Small paper plate

  • Felt or construction paper

  • Markers

  • Stickers, stars, glitter

  • Craft glue or hot glue with the help of an adult 

  • Safety pin or painters tape

  • Write ‘Future Voter’ on the paper plate and decorate with glitter, stickers, etc.

  • Cut out a larger circle with a scalloped or wiggle edge of the felt or construction paper

  • Cut out ribbons of the felt or construction paper, glue to the felt/paper circle.

  • Glue the paper plate on top of the ribbons & larger circle.

  • Decorate with glitter or any additional stickers.

  • Add a safety pin or painters tape to attach to your shirt!