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LYNN DEMPSEY
First Place

3-5 | Math | Real World Application or Field Study

Station SCETV in South Carolina

My Classroom Innovation

My 4th grade class developed an election ballot using google docs and then developed a qr code to take us to the ballot. We hosted a mock election for grades 3-5. Students were allowed to vote using ipads. My students worked as the poll workers. Included on the ballot were Presidential candidates, grade and gender. We wanted to go further than just to announce a winner. We wanted to analyze the data and compare 3rd grade voters to 5th grade and compare girl and boy votes. After the election, we compared our school results with the national results. My students found out first hand that girls, Hispanics and African Americans were more inclined to vote Democrat. How powerful to see results in an arena they live. Our final project is a paper that is titled: How Democrats Can Maintain the White House in 2016 or How Republicans Can Take the White House in 2016. Since we have worked as non partisans these topics were evenly assigned to the class. The paper must refer to the evidence of our polls or national polls if they cite "Republicans must appeal to minorities and to women". They must prove by citing; for example, in Pennsylvania, African Americans voted by a 93 to 7 % for President Obama. This was innovative because the students developed the ballot, used ipads and qr codes and worked with the numbers in the election. Students also took it further by comparing our school results to the national results and included minority votes and gender votes.

How Students were Engaged

I think this lesson was strong in real world application. It allowed students to use ipads to develop a real world ballot and to analyze the data after the election. Students were very excited to tell me who won in the national election. They were bringing news to me. After this lesson, I predict I will have very involved citizens from this group. They also understand the power of minoirty votes and the power of the women vote.
We also developed bar and pie graphs to show our research and displayed it in our hall to share our work. We used various news websites to find the national data. This taught students the power of graphs in conveying information.
Students are now aware of the details of analyzing data for a national election. When they watch the news it will be real to them because they have taken data and looked for trends.
This lesson also demonstrated the power of votes and the importance of appealing to the entire electorate.

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