Welcome to Growing Voters!
The goal of Growing Voters is to provide engaging classroom activities and election lesson plans on voting to help students develop into informed and motivated participants in the American electoral system. Our tools are designed to help students develop a voice by learning to express themselves and communicate their understanding of the material to others.
Election Lesson Plans
Our election lesson plans will engage and motivate student interest in voting and election-related projects, including reporting, debating, giving presentations, exchanging and comparing interview results, electronically sharing scrapbooks, and voting in a mock national election.
This curriculum project includes election lesson plans and classroom lessons on voting as well as a free list of online teaching resources that were vetted in part Masters students who participated in the Lesley University Educational Technology program. These tools will empower teachers and their students, and teachers can feel comfortable allowing their classroom to explore these sites knowing they have been screened by a reliable source.
- The Civic Lemonade Stand was a big hit with our students. We were able to borrow a table top model of the voting machine to let the students have a hands-on activity. Our local Registrar of Voters provided "I Voted" stickers for all the students in the school.”
Civic Lemonade Stand Activity: View Part I | View Part II
- Our Gifted & Talented students loved this activity. They were responsible for generating questions (roving reporters), talking to the primary grades, designing posters and ballots, setting up and manning the lemonade stand, distributing ballots and collecting and counting ballots and announcing the winner at the end of the school day. The students also created a graph showing how the school population voted and figured out the percentage of votes cast for each candidate. We used your (GV) materials almost exclusively."
- Our school principal was most enthusiastic and encouraged the students. Teachers were also interested and cooperative. This activity created a lot of excitement in our building on election day."
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About Growing Voters
Growing Voters is a civics curriculum initiative designed to engage students with free election lesson plans and activities about voting. More info
Election Lesson Plans
View a list of free teaching resources on voting that your students will find valuable in understanding the 2012 election. All election lesson plans and links have been carefully screened by teachers like you.