Learning Activity: Mock
the importance of having trustworthy, honest and ethical officials.
the class into three or four groups, whatever is best for your class size.
person from each group will be the candidate running for an elected position.
The “candidate” for each group should be determined by a vote within each
of the respective groups (i.e., Group 3 should vote on its “candidate”,
Group 2 should vote on its “candidate,” etc.).
rest of the team members will be the campaign committee. Within the
groups, students should vote on who will be the campaign manager.
member of the group should be given a task. Aside from the candidate and
the campaign manager, some people can work on promotions (posters, etc.)
and anything else that the group decides.
- As a
group, students should decide on candidate’s “platform.” The candidate
will take a stance on as many issues as they choose, but they must include
nutrition, physical activity and tobacco use prevention (or exposure to
group will use the platform as a basis for their campaign. Students will
need to come up with their position on these given issues and prepare
themselves on why they feel the way they do.
students have had time to “campaign” (this can be as long as you would
like- one day, one week, etc.), a debate should be held. After hearing the
platforms for the various candidates, come up with questions for the
the debate is finished, have the students vote for their favorite
candidate. Remind students that they should take into consideration
everything from the campaign, not just the performance in the debate.
- Have the
students fill out the election follow-up form that is included in this