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Explorer K8 voting project touches more than one class subject

SPRING HILL — A cardboard, but full-sized, voting booth was recently set up in the hall in front of Sara Toxen's and Mike Shelton's sixth-grade math classrooms.

Its curtain was red, white and blue fabric. There were red and blue balloons hanging from the ceiling with red, white and blue crepe paper. It was very festive.

The two teachers had joined with other Explorer K8 middle school instructors on several across-the-disciplines lessons this election season, such as how voting is done.

Students and staffers first signed in with student poll workers to get ballots. Voters then took turns in the booth and dropped their ballots into boxes.

The math teachers used the results to illustrate graph types, with the votes recorded as bar, line and pie graphs and frequency tables. Toxen said the exercises were designed to help the students "see how the same information is portrayed on the different graphs."

In reading, students had to research the candidates and take notes, which were passed to their language arts class to be used in writing essays. In science, students will discuss environmental policy and going green and in geography, students made cards and will keep up with related topics until Election Day.

Explorer K8 voting project touches more than one class subject 10/15/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 7:42pm]
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