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Freedom in Action ~ Unit One
Teacher Guide


Overview A
Day A1        Day A2

Day A3        Day A4
Project A

Project A - Cookie version

Overview B  
Day B1        Day B2

Day B3        Day B4
Project B - Election
Project B - Cookie Version

Review B      KEY   

Validation of Learning   KEY

Teacher Directions for Electoral simulation

A Classroom Election
Cookie or Candy Version of Classroom Election

Daily Electoral Points
Electoral Record Sheet
State Cards
Voter Registration Cards

Time:  2 Weeks         Theme:  Goals & Choices
  • Choosing a President - United States Style
  • Choosing to become our Redeemer   (Jesus' goals)
  • Choosing personal goals  
  • Campaign Investigations:  Magazine   Newspaper   Ad
  • Optional Activity:  Groups earn electoral points by quality of work done.  The points earned will be the amount of electoral points each group will be worth at the classroom election at the end of the unit.
  • A Classroom Election to be held as Project B.  What will students vote for?  You chose!  But make it something students will feel is worth their efforts and will work toward.   Some ideas:
    • Which Cookie (Candy or Snack) is the best?
    • Game Governor - A student to help pick recess games and be in charge of equipment.  (Could also help to referee)
    • School or Classroom Senator - Given special privileges and obligations that you design for your needs. 
    • Mascot for the school or classroom
    • T-Shirt design for classroom

Extra:   Invite two local candidates for a local position like sheriff or mayor to speak to your class.  Prepare students to ask questions.

Bulletin Board Ideas:
  • "The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitudes."
       Victor Frankl
  • "Responsibility is the price of freedom.  So is tolerance." 
       Peter McWilliams
  • A collage of political cartoons from recent newspapers, and info about the candidates, etc.
WB01512_.gif (115 bytes) Supplies Needed:
  • Day A1:  Copies of newspapers like USA Today for each group. (Sometimes large city newspapers give free copies of their paper to schools.)
  • Day A1, A3, and B1:  Poster board (cut in 1/2 or 1/4), letter patterns, glue, markers
  • Day A2:  Current copies of news magazines that contain information about the presidential candidates. (Contact the publishers for free copies for schools.)
  • Day A3:  Masking tape
  • Project A:  Hula hoops, etc. for Friday's Team Building Project. (Four types of cookies, candies, or snacks if holding the Cookie Version of the election for Project B.)
  • Day B2:  Ballot box, voting booths, etc.   (Will also need them for Project B)
  • Project B:  Optional -- Fruit juice and/or some treat at the end of the Election.