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Age Range: Kindergarten through Grade 3 (Early Elementary)
Overview and Purpose: Abraham Lincoln's log cabin is iconic in American history. 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.
Objective: The student will be able to build a log cabin.
Pretzel rods and nubs
Crayons or markers
Explain to the students that they are going to help you plan and make a log cabin. (Depending on the size of your class, you may want to divide your class into two or three groups and ask for parent volunteers to help you make the cabins.)
Ask the students to help you plan where the windows and door should go and then cut them out of the shoebox. Have the students wrap the whole box in aluminum foil. Let them spread the frosting over the box and then lay the pretzel rods horizontally to represent the logs. They can use the nubs around the windows or doors.
When you are finished have the students draw the cabin on a piece of paper and then they can eat their creation. They can use the drawing as the background in a picture depicting an aspect of Abe Lincoln's life.
Students can make individual log cabins by using their lunch milk cartons instead of a shoebox. They can also compare and contrast Lincoln's home with their own.