Sunday, October 16, 2016

Electoral College vs the Popular vote

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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?

Students can first watch 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.

Our Electoral College math activity (really good for social studies too) … + a great cartogram showing the relative voting size of each state.

Electoral-college2016.pdf      Cartogram-for-keeping-track.pdf

CCSS: 6.EE, 7.RP.A, 8.EE, HSG.MG.A, MP.4

For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.

Electoral-college2016.docx       Electoral-college2016-solutions.pdf

from Yummy Math

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