Let your students see how votes really count with our activity on the Electoral College. Can someone win the popular vote in the Presidential election and still not become President of the United States?
With the 2010 census redistricting, let students consider how their state can make or break a candidate.
Let your students see a really cute movie comparing how the Electoral College functions in our elections to what students think is fair and just. From the New York Times, Electoral College 101. After showing the video consider asking your students what the grouping of students must have been for “colored pencils” to win the class electoral college? Is there more than one possibility? Thanks to Nathan Kraft for this idea!
You might also find it useful to play around with this interactive Electoral College Simulator. It can help kids see just how important winning some key swings states can be. Here is a picture of the simulator/map:
Our Electoral College math activity (really good for social studies too)…
For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions.
To learn a little more about the 2010 census ramifications, check out our Census post.