Our new theme, titled “The Vote,” starts this week, will last 9 weeks (through the U.S .presidential election,) and will be tackling questions such as: Why vote? Who can vote? For whom can one vote? How are votes counted? We will study the history of democracy, from Greece to the U.S., contrast its different forms (direct, representative), and compare it to other forms of government. We will look at sample ballots, conduct mock elections, and count votes. And we will follow the actuality of the U.S. upcoming election. During math, we will work on counting, sorting, tabulating, percentages, estimation, prediction, and statistics. During language-arts, we will have units on debate, rhetoric, persuasive essays, respectful discussion,s, and advertising. And we will have presentations by speakers from the community. As always, please contact us with ideas or resources concerning our new theme.

This theme addresses K-8 Next Generation Sunshine State Social Studies Standards such as:

  • recognize symbols and individuals that represent American constitutional democracy
  • examine the significance of the Constitution and its role in American democracy
  • evaluate the importance of civic responsibilities in American democracy
  • experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels
  • identify democratic concepts developed in ancient Greece that served as a foundation for American constitutional democracy
  • compare different forms of government (direct democracy, representative democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, autocracy)
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