Prior to Election Day, Deasy students in Maureen Haff's second-grade class engaged in the democratic process of voting.
While studying why citizens’ vote, along with the voting process, students participated in an authentic voting situation. As a class they decided to vote on a class pet, but did research so they could be informed citizens. The students chose to research goldfish and hermit crabs, using iPads and various books for research. Each student filled out a class voter registration card and individual ballots. They also gave reasons as to why they chose their candidate before the votes were tallied. As a result of this election, Mrs. Haff's class will be gaining a new class pet -- a Hermit Crab!
As part of their studies, the children also had an opportunity to interview the two Glen Cove Mayoral candidates, in addition to reading about the voting process.