## Saturday, November 3, 2012

### Elections, Recess Games, Freebies, and Currently

I've been looking for ways to honor Election Day here in the USA without bringing the kids to that "dark place"... the actual candidates.  (I suspect I'm not the only one who is concerned by how negative this election is, and how angry people are these days!)  So I'm sticking to the levels of my little ones and we'll have an election on what kids care about... recess games!

I've made ballots with 4 of their favorite recess games, so they can go through the election process on election day.  (Well, technically, the day before, as election day is a professional development day here!)

After a "private election", we'll graph the results!  I'm always looking for graphing activities, after all, we have these graphing Common Core standards:

1.MD.4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories:  ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less in one category than in another.
2. MD.10  Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories.  Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.

In just a few days, all the nasty advertisements will be over, and we can get on with Veterans Day, then Thanksgiving, and all the rest of the upcoming holidays.

In the meantime, enjoy some "Currently" from Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade!

The last question was the toughest to answer.  I have to say, I have quite a selection of music I play during class time, for a variety of reasons.  When the children come into class in the morning, I usually play some lively music to make the children feel happy when they come into school.  When it's work time, I usually play something slower.  I've found this series of CDs from The Center of Psychoacoustic Research that are truly amazing.  Here are some of them:

1. Hi, I like your idea to graph the results of your class election. It's another little way you can show them how their learning relates to real life. ;)

Jessica
The Learning Metamorphosis

1. Thanks Jessica! Those connections are so important, aren't they?

Sally

2. Hi. I really really like your idea for teaching the election process! It makes so much sense. I'm currently teaching government to my 3rd graders so this is the perfect activity! I also enjoyed reading about your music. That is one thing I have not used consistently in my room. I used to use it a lot when the kids were writing then I got away from it. Thanks for sharing!
Gina
Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

1. Thanks, Gina!

I love your blog, I'm a new follower!

Sally

3. If you figure out the self-cleaning laundry please let me know! :)

1. Kelly,

I'll be sure to do that!

Sally

4. I'll trade you. I'll do your laundry, if you'll do my floors. :)

1. Works for me!

Sally

5. I found you on Currently. When they get done with your laundry, have them stop by my house also.
Ire
Hip,Hop Hurray! The Tales of the Reading Rascals

1. I'll do that!

Sally

6. Hi! I'm so glad to have found you! AND, I'm wondering if you are in WI? I am. :) Saw a Vote Tommy ad on your blog! I am THRILLED to be the newest follower of your amazing blog and would be so honored if you stopped by mine!
Growing Firsties - Coming soon: Pete the Cat Giveaway!

1. Lisa,

I'm not from WI, I'm from NH! Those google ads are personalized to your location as well as websites you visit. From my point of view, I see ads for New England stuff, teacher stuff, brain stuff, and musical theatre stuff!

Sally

7. I forgot to add that I'm really excited to hear about that music!!! Very cool!
Growing Firsties - Coming soon: Pete the Cat Giveaway!

1. Lisa,

Thanks! Music is magical!

Sally

8. So glad I found your blog and love this idea! I'm having trouble with the link, however. Am I the only one

1. I am having trouble as well.

2. I un-linked and re-linked the link. (Say that 3 times fast!) I hope it's working now! I checked it from my end and it seems to be ok!

Sally

9. I found you on Classroom Freebies...thanks for the free election things! I am right there with you about this election...I'll be glad when it's over! I'm a new follower too.

Cheryl
Spotted Around the School

10. If you could please get to work on that self cleaning laundry idea that would be great. I am about to move and will be without a washer and dryer for a little while and dread carting it off to my Mom's house. . . . Thanks.

Casey