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If I Were President...

Over the past week and in the lead up to the Presidential Elections, students across first grade learned about the importance of ‘making choices’ by voting in their lives. First graders spent the week, reading books about voting and the presidency, even what they would do if they were president. Students wrote reflections about what it would be like to be the president. One student, Gage from Ms. Turner’s class said, “If I were President, I would help other countries get along”. Another first grader, Kincy, from Ms. Terradista’s class said, “If I were President, I would let kids eat ice-cream for breakfast”. Through Scholastic News, first graders learned who were the candidates for presidency were and fun facts about each candidate-Romney and Obama. Students learned about the importance of a secret ballot. At the end of the week, they joined in with UCPS county-wide mock elections and they were able to experience what it would be like to vote by voting for their choice of president. As part of the First Grade Global Team, first grade teachers also talked to first graders about elections and voting in their adopted countries in England, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The students learned that in all but England the president is called a president. Did you know that in England, the president is called a prime minister?

Written by: Nichola Turner
Posted: Nov 29, 2012 by Angela Gaio

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