2018 Teacher Resource Handbook
Teachers, thank you for your support of Kids Voting. Through your efforts as educators in the program, the community receives a valuable gift – a new generation of educated, informed voters. Again this year, we will provide an updated Teacher Resource Handbook especially for Shakopee teachers. The 2018 handbook will be posted here and contain resource information for teachers about the curriculum as well as information specific to the Kids Voting Shakopee election process.
2018 Voter’s Guide
The Kids Voting voter’s guide with information about the voting process and the candidates will be available on or before October 24, 2018. The guide will be posted here and distributed to students in grades 3-5. We encourage students and their families to use our helpful guide to explore the candidates and their viewpoints in order to cast an informed vote on Election Day.
2018 Kids Voting Guide
2018 Election Day Training for Volunteers
2018 Sample Ballot
View the Kids Voting Shakopee 2018 sample ballot.
With 1327 votes cast, the 2018 Kids Voting Election was a great success. Thank you to the many businesses, churches, organizations, and individual volunteers who made this Election Day a great experience for our students! View the full results for the Kids Voting Shakopee 2018 Election here.
Helpful Election Websites
Below is a list of websites that teachers statewide have suggested might be helpful to teachers and families this fall. Let us know if you have suggestions for additional sites.
- Ballotpedia: www.ballotpedia.org (encyclopedia of American politics)
- C-SPAN: C-SPAN Classroom Campaign 2016 (explanations of various aspects of the election process for candidates vying to become the next President. Each topic supplemented with related video clips, discussion questions, handouts, and culminating activities to reinforce learning.)
- The White House: www.whitehouse.gov/ (information on the federal government)
- Project Vote Smart: Vote Smart (nonpartisan research organization that collects information on candidates for public office in the United States)
- US Election Atlas: www.uselectionatlas.org/
- Minnesota Secretary of State: www.mnvotes.org (precinct finder and map)
- Minnesota Civic Youth/Kids Voting MN Network: http://mncivicyouth.org/kids-voting-minnesota-network/ (teacher and family resources)
- Kids Voting Shakopee: www.kidsvotingshakopee.org
- City of Shakopee: http://www.shakopeemn.gov/city-government/departments/city-clerk/elections
- Shakopee Valley News: www.swnewsmedia.com/shakopee_valley_news/
Tools to Engage Students
- 270 To Win: 270 To Win (follow the road to the White House via each state’s electoral vote)
- Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids: http://bensguide.gpo.gov/ (local and national political processes)
- iCivics: https://www.icivics.org/ (teaches students how government works)
- I Side With: I Side With (online quiz to see which 2016 Presidential candidate you side with)
- Scholastic News Election 2016: http://election.scholastic.com/ (learn about the election process, get up-to-date news, see the latest results on interactive maps)
- The Democracy Project: http://pbskids.org/democracy (how government affects kids lives every day)
- Time for Kids: Time for Kids (age-appropriate news stories and features about children’s perspectives on the candidates and issues)