In honor of tonight’s final presidential debate, I thought I’d share some entertaining responses from the “Election 2012” pretest that I gave my 5th graders last week. Since it was a pretest, the only thing we had covered as a class were the three branches of government. The rest were up to the students! I wanted to see where their current level of knowledge was. The spellings are kept the same in order to add to the effect. Enjoy!
Question 1: What are the three branches of government?
*Most students got this question correct. Here are some creative spellings:
legelator, exsekitive, jujishle
judical, legislate, excuitive
And an incorrect answer… Forgot
Question 2: What are the two main political parties in the United States?
I have absolutely no idea.
Tax income & ?
Questions 3: What are the United States voting qualifications?
Vote 1 time.
heath cair (She meant “health care.”)
Have to be a citizen of the United States.
*Nearly every student already knew that you had to be 18 years old to vote (though one guessed 16 and another 21).
Question 4: We live in a democracy. What is a democracy?
We can vote.
We have a prezedent NOT a king.
A deal with other countries so they can’t take over ours.
makes life fair for all
I think a group of people who live in the same area and have to agree on specific things.
Question 5: Who are the two main presidential candidates?
*Most knew that the candidates are Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Here are the creative spellings (a few made me laugh out loud!)
Obama, Mit Robney
Mid Romny and Broco Boma
Boraka Obama Mid Romny
Brako Obama Mt Romny
The president and the government
(and my personal favorite…) Obama, Mittens
Questions 6: Who are the two main vice presidential candidates?
Vice president and senator
Biden and ?
rihyn and ?
*Two out of 24 students got this question correct.
Question 7: Who are the two Nebraska Senate candidates?
Bob Kerrey and Deb Fisher (This is the correct answer for my non-Nebraska friends.)
Bob Kerrey, Roman Ryan
Question 8: Who are the two Nebraska District 2 House of Representatives candidates?
*The correct answer is Lee Terry and John Ewing. No students answered correctly.
Dave Hinamen and ?
Wite house and ?
Question 9: What do you know about elections?
It is how we get a presadent.
Every 4 years people elect a new presedents based on decions on taxes ect.
Whoever gets the most votes wins. You have to fill out a ballet to vote.
You should keep them to yourself and you vote in a cubicle.
Who gets more votes gets the job.
Question 10: When is Election Day?
*One student answered this correctly.
It’s November 6, 2012 – make sure you get out there and vote!