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Lincoln's House - In this lesson, students will make their own
version of his home. This tasty treat is a great way for students
to visualize where one of our greatest leaders grew up.
Bingo - This lesson is great to use as a review game of the
presidents. Students have to match the facts you name to the correct
Presidents - The goal of this lesson is to give students a fun and
creative way to remember the 44 Presidents of the United States.
Election Timeline - The student will be able to list the major events
in order that lead up to Presidential election.
- A Day
for Our Presidents- No school on Monday! It is a national holiday.
Do students understand the meaning and history of our national holidays?
Students are invited to listen to, view, and discuss Presidents' Day,
the national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.
- A President's
Home and the President's House- How does the White House differ from
a presidential home such as Monticello?
Lincoln- The students will work cooperatively to decide whether the
index card that contains the pre-written fact or accomplishment is correct
or incorrect. The index cards were created in a Word Document file.
- Are U.S.
Presidents Leaders or Figureheads?- Students analyze three presidents.
They create a graphic organizer explaining how three influences for each
president affected the development of the New Nation.
of John F. Kennedy: Home of the Boy Who Would Be President- Visit
JFK's birthplace and consider the effects of culture and community in
shaping character and personality.
- Choices and Commitments:
The Soldiers at Gettysburg- Trace the course of this Civil War battle
and consider the wrenching personal choices that were made by soldiers
on each side, and evaluate Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and its
impact in regard to the occasion it was written to commemorate.
Presidents - This purpose of this lesson is to help fifth grade students
explore the concept of what makes a person a good leader.
President- Have you wondered what kind of person makes a good president?
Students learn strategies to develop reading vocabulary and learn to identify
comparison and contrast as an aid to comprehension as they follow Julio
and his secret desire to become class president.
the President of 1860- The learner will determine who won the U.S.
Presidential election of 1860. Students will find the information online,
create a database, manipulate a spreadsheet and present findings.
our US Presidents - This lesson will involve in-depth research, both
library research and online research, on one of the US Presidents.
Roosevelt and the Dime- Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms.
Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tributes to him through
stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a dime.
Washington: The Precedent President- What important developments occurred
during George Washington's tenure as the first "President of the United
into Public Service: William Howard Taft's Boyhood Home- Visit the
home of the only man to serve the country both as president and chief
justice, and meet the rest of his public service-oriented family.
Truman and Independence, Missouri: "This is Where I Belong"- Learn
why the life of the 33rd U.S. President serves as an example of civic
duty and explore the town that helped form his character.
Hoover: Iowa Farm Boy and World Humanitarian- Consider the impact
of Hoover's boyhood years on his desire to help starving children as the
administrator of the Belgian Relief Commission during World War I.
and Why Has the White House Changed?- What changes were made to the
exterior and why?
Was the White House Designed?- What process was used for choosing
the initial design of the White House?
on a Nickel- Who wrote our Declaration of Independence? Our third
president, Thomas Jefferson, was the main writer. Learn about his life,
presidency, monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students
will also learn the attributes of a nickel.
I Were President ...- "Students compose a brief essay telling
what they would do to solve problems in the United States if they were
Father, Like Son: Presidential Families- How unusual is it that a
father and son become President of the United States? How often has this
happened? Who were the families?
Van Buren's "Return to the Soil"- Follow Van Buren's life and political
career from his youth in Kinderhook, New York, to his retirement years
of Montpelier: Home of James and Dolley Madison- Visit the Madisons'
plantation home and their world of social prominence, and explore some
contemporary views of slavery.
Branch- To be able to distinguish a duty of the president from duties
of the other branches. A student will be able to identify different roles
that the president fills.
Who?- Using their reading comprehension skills, the students will
demonstrate their knowledge of basic facts on George Washington and Abraham
Lincoln through a question and answer game format.
- This learning structure will allow the students in groups to review
information in a question/answer game format.
Campaigns and the Electoral College Set- This lesson discusses the
steps in running for president and explains the Electoral College. Includes
reading passages, multiple choice, answer keys, and free response questions.
Sweet- Students learn about Presidents' Day, the individuals commemorated
on this holiday, and their importance in history. They write a letter
to a president stating things they have learned.
- Springwood: Birthplace
and Home to Franklin D. Roosevelt- Understand how Springwood was the
keystone in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's public as well as private life
by playing host to some very dramatic events in American history.
of Checks and Balances- Students will be able to identify the powers
delegated to the three branches of government, illustrate how the system
of checks and balances work and determine how the checks and balances
system can be seen in today's modern democratic system.
in the Cold War: Eisenhower and Khrushchev at Gettysburg- Delve into
a superpower meeting and see how President Eisenhower's diplomacy temporarily
eased Cold War tensions.
- The President's
Role and Succession- This lesson shows the role the President of the
United States plays in American government and the order of succession
of cabinet members.
President's Roles and Responsibilities: Communicating with the President-
Through these lessons, students learn about the roles and responsibilities
of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy.
Battle of Horseshoe Bend: Collision of Cultures- Consider the complex
political and cultural differences that existed between European Americans
and American Indians during the early 19th century, and learn how the
campaign against the Creeks increased Andrew Jackson�s popularity among
American citizens, which helped him win the presidency.
Washington Monument: Tribute in Stone- Understand why George Washington
was so revered during his lifetime and beyond, and learn why it took 100
years to complete this famous monument in his honor.
- The Watergate
Crisis- This lesson will explain how the Watergate crisis called attention
to how the power of the President of the United States can be abused.
Roosevelt Inaugural Site: Birthplace of the Modern Presidency- Examine
the circumstances under which Theodore Roosevelt first became President
of the United States and how his policies and actions modernized the presidency.
In this lesson, students write an essay about the governmental issues
that surrounded Andrew Jackson's presidency. They discuss how editorial
cartoons are made and create an editorial cartoon of their own about a
10 Tips for Incorporating President's Day Themes in Your Classroom-
History is often a difficult subject to teach. Students frequently have
a hard time understanding how something that happened long before they
were born can affect them today.
and the Quarter- Why is George Washington called the Father of our
Country? Learn about the life of this president, his monument, and tributes
to him through stories and poems. Students also learn the attributes of
- Why Bother
To Vote In Florida?- This lesson provides opportunities for students
to gain knowledge about the Florida 2000 Presidential Election, proposed
changes in the process, and to practice communication skills, including
listening and speaking.
Wilson: Prophet of Peace- Examine Wilson's struggle to achieve lasting
world peace following World War I.