Fun Electorate website

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Registered: 02-17-2004
Fun Electorate website
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Thu, 11-01-2012 - 7:47pm

Here is a fun website which demonstrates the electorate college pretty well.  There is a circle for both candidates.  Kiddos can move the states from one to the other to see how the electorate college works and run different winning scenarios.  The unfortunate part is that the states are already color coded based on polls.  But they size the states to resemble the number of votes they represent, so it's easy to pick out your scenarios.

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/electoral-map

You may need to click on "Make your own scenarios". 

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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 12:19pm

Oooh..thanks for sharing this! I was just struggling last night on how to explain the electorate college to my 9 year old!

Lisa 

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Registered: 08-05-2007
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 4:35pm

A little late to answer :) but I had my kids fill out a blank outline map of the US with the different electoral college numbers and then had them color in the states red or blue as the results came in.  My 17yo thought this was helpful.   Then we added these to their history notebooks. 

 

 

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Registered: 02-17-2004
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 8:12pm

You had mentioned that in our government discussion below.  I totally stole that idea.  We are having an election party on Sat afternoon.  I DVR'd the results as they came in.  We have kids ranging from kindy to 3rd grade - ish coming over.  Each child gets a blank map to color in as the results come in.  Pizza and popcorn on the menu.  We are really looking forward to it.  It was too late to do during the week, so the weekend sounded like the perfect time.  Side note: it also allowed for extra time in case there were any recounts.

We'll add DS's to his lapbook so he has a record of his first "real" election (note: he was too young to remember the very first one).

Thanks again for sharing the idea here too.  It's a really good one.

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Registered: 07-25-2007
Sat, 11-10-2012 - 12:22pm
What a great idea for a kid's get together. Perfect for the grade school set.