Presidents’ Day is right around the corner, so I wanted to share several activities with you as well as THREE Freebies you can add to your classroom this year.
Presidents’ Day Books
These books are mentioned in this blog post:
Grace for President
Grace decides she will be the first woman president after learning that the United States has never had a female president. This book introduces students to the voting process in an entertaining way. Grace is inspiring, courageous, and very persistent. Here are three activities to go along with this story:
- Students draw Grace and write about her character traits.
- Students complete a booklet to record what the President’s job entails.
- Students create a Future Voter badge and showcase the three types of sentences on the ribbons.
When I Am President
This next activity pairs perfectly with Grace for President. After learning about the roles of the President, students envision themselves as a president one day. They write about what they will do when they are the President.
Read-Aloud: Looking at Lincoln
Looking at Lincoln is a beautiful story about a little girl who wants to know who Abraham Lincoln really was. She discovers many interesting facts about our 16th President. Here are three activities you can do with this story:
- Students draw Abraham Lincoln and write facts about the President.
- Students answer questions about the main purpose of the text. They identify what mattered to Lincoln the most.
- Students create a fact booklet to record information about Abraham Lincoln.
Read-Aloud: When Penny Met POTUS
Have you ever read When Penny Met POTUS? It is such a fun story about a little girl whose mother works for POTUS. She spends the entire day trying to find out just who POTUS really is! This is a great book to use with writing a summary. Students piece together the parts of a summary with the SWBST framework. This activity (with more description) is included in the FREEBIE!
Hosting a Mock Election
Have you ever hosted a mock election in your classroom? With this free document, your students can taste test chocolate and golden Oreos. They cast their ballot and receive a voting sticker.
Creating the Washington Monument
My kids LOVE the Weird But True books. The US President version does NOT disappoint. It’s not a book you would sit and read all at once, but it’s a great one to spread out over a period of time. After learning about George Washington, students can create a 3D model of the Washington Monument. They just simply fold and glue on the glue tab to create the monument.
Grab Your Presidents’ Day Freebies
Several of the things mentioned above are included below! You’ll get the Washington Monument, a President Lincoln Writing Craft, the Mock Election, and Summarizing Activities all in one download!
If you aren’t on my email list, subscribe below to grab your FREEBIE! Once you subscribe, check your email (make sure it isn’t in SPAM), and click “Confirm Subscription” The document will download immediately after! If you are using a school email address, it may not work. Many districts block emails such as these! Use a personal email address, and you should be good to go! It’s also best if you put this email on your SAFE/NOT SPAM list: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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