An activity that my students (and principals!) loved in the past is voting for a class mascot. You can spend 1-5 days on this activity depending on how involved you want the project to be.
Start by dividing your students into small groups. If your students already work in tables, you may want to split the table groups up so students are working with others they may not be used to working with. Provide each group with two animal choices, but do not provide any group with the same choices.
Group 1: lion or elephant
Group 2: zebra or tiger
Group 3: giraffe or monkey
Group 4: bear or hippopotamus
The groups will then discuss which animal they want support. Group 1 may decide to choose the lion because he is the king of the jungle. However, group 4 may decide to choose the bear because hippopotamus is too hard to spell!
Next each group will work together to decide why others should choose their animal to become the class mascot. Students can create a bubble map to record their thinking. Encourage students to come up with at least three unique reasons to choose their animal. It would be ideal for each student to come up with one reason.
You should choose a dog becauseThen students will present their arguments to their peers. You can do this as a simple presentation in front of the class or you can incorporate technology. My students used the app Chatter Pix Kids to have their mascots speak for themselves! The app allows you to take a picture and make the mouth move so it looks as if the object in the picture is speaking.
1. they listen to others and do what they’re told
2. they play with others nicely
3. they are fun and friendly
The students wrote their reasons down in complete sentences and then recorded themselves talking in the app. You can have one student record all of the reasons or each student can record their sentence.
Hi! I’m a dog and I would make a great mascot for your class! I always listen the first time when someone asks me to do something like sit down or go get the ball. I love making new friends and have so much fun playing. I hope you pick me to be your class mascot!The process is super simple and your students will be pros in no time!
Tally the votes and announce your winner! You can extend the lesson by having a second vote on a name for the mascot.