Vermont Votes for Kids: A project of the Vermont Secretary of State

Curriculum for Grades 5-8, Teacher Materials for Lesson 4:
Glossary of Election Terms

This is a project that could be completed by students from grades 5-8. A number of ideas and activities are presented in five lessons to form one complete civics curriculum. Individual teachers are free to add, subtract, or edit as they wish, depending on their interests, time constraints, and local conditions.

ACTIVITY:

Spelling/vocabulary words can be generated from the project. Another possibility is to let students generate their own glossary lists with definitions.

Examples:

Election
President
Representative
Senator
Congress
Governor
Judge
Ballot
Absentee
Majority
Plurality
Electorate
Officers
Polling place
Campaign
Elected official
Lobby
Interdependence
Politics
Political party

 

Supplemental Activity:

Ask students to describe all of the places and occasions where people might vote. This could include class or club officers, team captains, and entertainment awards. See how long a list they can generate.

Desired outcome from the project is that students will be able to describe the importance of being an active and informed voter and will make plans to become voters when they reach age eighteen.



Vermont Secretary of State http://www.vermontvotesforkids.com