Learning About the Electoral College

In the days after the Presidential Election, we decided to color in the electoral votes and make a giant bar graph displaying the results. At first we went state by state (so it would also be a geography lesson as well as a political one), first coloring in, and then adding to the bar graph, but this was taking forever, and C could only handle a few states per day. So after a few days of doing a few states at a time, I just finished the bar graph while the girls finished coloring their maps. (C chose to use purple and pink instead of blue and red.) But it was a good introduction to the electoral college, and the bar graph provided a great visual for the girls to see the results. We discussed how looking at the map results can be deceiving (if you just look at the area that is red versus blue, without considering the numbers). We also looked at some map results of past elections. (FYI, for making the giant bar graph, we had 1/2 cm = 1 electoral vote.)

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  1. timbra

     /  November 14, 2012

    please teach ME about the electoral college 🙂

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