In preparation for election season, Sacred Heart faculty participated in virtual professional development on Civil Discourse provided by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Afterward, Preschool and Lower School faculty designed developmentally appropriate, relevant, and engaging activities for our students to learn more about the election process.
Pre-Kindergarten: Our Pre-K classes read Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, designed their own ballot box, and voted for their favorite color. Not surprising to anyone, PINK was the winner!
Kindergarten: The Kindergarten students reviewed all of the poems that they have learned this year. They held an election, and the winner was “Five Little Bats” by Steve Metzger.
1st Grade: Three book characters gave a speech about why they should be chosen as the grade level mascot. The girls listened to the speeches and participated in a mock election. The pigeon emerged as the favorite and was the winner of the election.
2nd Grade: After reading the book Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, 2nd graders brainstormed character traits that would be important to have as the president of the United States. Then, we discussed the many jobs of the president and completed a writing activity "If I were president…”
3rd Grade: Third Graders read One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote, a Dr. Seuss book. This book shares the basics of what an election is, and how people vote. The class was presented with four book choices to learn more about the road to the election and voting. The girls anonymously voted for their book of choice, and the winning book was read aloud. The girls could choose from Bloomers! by Rhoda Blumberg, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass: Two Friends by Dean Robbins, Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Freedom and Equality by Suzanne Slade, or A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull by Kathleen Krull. These titles are available for check-out from the Lower School Library.
4th Grade: In an ongoing project in Social Studies, fourth graders have discussed what a democracy is, and will explore the branches of government. This will culminate in a project where the girls will design a presentation to share classmates on how our government works.