The Smart Voting Bundle Pack is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering life skills and transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. The Smart Voting Bundle Pack provides adult living skills for special needs teens to meet transition mandates. It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to understand how to spot fake news and alternative facts, how to understand government and the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy, and to understand how, where and why to vote.
The Smart Voting Bundle Pack includes 3 books: Understanding Government, Fact or Fake News? and Voting.
Like the other books in this series, it contains airy-pages and bullet-point information for easy, independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated, Indicator 13 skills and transition skills needed for adult independence.
Written on a 3rd/4th-grade level, workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-four page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real world activities are provided whenever possible.
Lessons in Daily Living Skills in Understanding Government include: Why study government, Kinds of government, What kind of government are we, The 2 branches of government, The Legislative Branch, How to pass a bill, Making your voice heard, The Executive Branch, The Cabinet, The electoral college, The judicial branch, Who are the judges, The Bill of Rights, Amendments I-X, and more. Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance with federal mandates.
Lessons in Daily Living Skills Fact or Fake News? include: Vocabulary list, How Did We Get Here, Fake News is Not New, Fake news Can be Dangerous. 10 Ways to Tell if it's Fake (Check the Domain, Check the Date, Check the Quotes, Check the Comments, Check the Author, Check Your Blood Pressure, Look at the About Us, Reverse Search the Image, Get a 2nd Opinions, Ask as "Expert"), Fake News and Bias, How Biased is My News, How Do You Convince the Other Guy. Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance with federal mandates.
Because of the intensive vocabulary in politics, Voting is written a little higher than the normal third/low fourth grade level for the series and charts in at fifth-grade vocabulary. But, each vocabulary word (precinct, bi-partisan, non-partisan, etc.) is thoroughly defined directly after word-introduction and the overall "feel" of the book matches the rest of the series. Like the other books, it contains airy-pages and bullet-point information for easy, independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated, Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.
Lessons in Daily Living Skills Voting, include Why Vote? Does 1 Vote Matter?, Who Can Vote? How Do I Vote? How to Register, Voting Precincts, Ways to Vote, How Should I Vote? 2-Party System, What Parties Do; Third Parties; What Am I? (Conservative/Liberal); Who's With Me? Becoming Informed; Overcoming Bias; Government Responsibilities (Federal, State and Local), Becoming Involved. Also included are Parent Verification Letters, answer key and grading sheet.
A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book—Doing Laundry.
Titles in the Daily Living Skills transition series include: Becoming Likeable, Becoming Self-Aware, Building Character, Building Self-Esteem, Building Self-Motivation, Buying Insurance, Celebrating Holidays, Cleaning House, Creating Self-Confidence, Decision Making, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting, Getting a Paycheck, Grocery Shopping, Hygiene for Girls, Hygiene for Guys, Interviewing Skills, Kitchen Basics, Making Conversation, Making Meals, Managing Stress, Nutrition, Outdoor Chores, Overcoming Failure, Paying Bills, Practicing Patience, Safe Dating, Seeking Employment, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Voting, Washing Dishes, Who Am I? College and Career, Work Games
A Power Point Presentation introducing the program to students, parents, and staff is available free of charge on this site.
A Teacher’s Manual providing tips on implementation and written ITP goals for most of the workbooks is also available for purchase on this site.
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