Show your students this really cute segment 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? What is the minimum number of students that could have voted for colored pencils for them to still win the Electoral College. Students then consider scenarios where a candidate wins the popular vote, but loses the Electoral College.
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Dudley as SuperDog
Every year Americans spend a lot on Halloween and Halloween costumes. In this year of Covid restrictions, the numbers of people going to Halloween parties or trick-or-treating has gone down. But people are still celebrating the holiday.
Use our current data on Halloween spending in America to engage your students in an analysis of the ratios and percents of population, participation, and money spent in honor of October 31st. This activity takes kids through finding parts of wholes as well as ratio, percents and proportion problems. Beware: the tasks in this activity involve some large numbers as well as some challenging fraction/ratio/proportion problems.
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