Is the Electoral College unfair?

Show your students this really cute segment comparing how the Electoral College functions in our elections to what students think is fair and just. From the New York Times, Electoral College 101.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/bcvideo/1.0/iframe/embed.html?videoId=100000001821730&playerType=embed

After showing the video consider asking your students what the grouping of students must have been for “colored pencils” to win the class electoral college?  Is there more than one possibility?  What is the minimum number of students that could have voted for colored pencils for them to still win the Electoral College.  Students then consider scenarios where a candidate wins the popular vote, but loses the Electoral College.  Students also verify a claim that a candidate can win the election with as little as 25% of the popular vote!  Is that true and if so, is it fair?  Let’s do the math!

ElectoralCollegeUnfair?.pdf
CCSS: 6.RP, 7.RP

For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions/teacher tips.

ElectoralCollegeUnfair?.docx     ElectoralCollegeUnfair-solution.pdf

from Yummy Math http://www.yummymath.com/2016/is-the-electoral-college-unfair/

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s