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Preisdents' Day Ideas

February 15, 2014

It's time once again for my all-time favorite unit to teach, President's Day!  Call me crazy, but I love teaching history, and I personally find United States/Presidential history fascinating.  I love sharing my (limited!) knowledge with my students, and I especially love being able to teach a subject that I feel doesn't quite get the love  and attention it deserves.  Needless to say, I go all out for President's Day!



Here's a look at some things I have done in the past:
We have made our own Presidential Portraits and wrote about what we would do if we were President.
In addition to learning about cultural symbols such as The Liberty Bell, The United States Flag, and The Statue of Liberty, we have also learned about Presidential symbols such as Air Force One and The Secret Service.  We even made our own portfolios to apply for a Secret Service Agent position!
Our centers involved a Presidential/US theme as well:
Students practiced odd and even numbers as well as ordering numbers.

In another center, students determined if sentences are facts or opinions.

In another Math center, students practiced basic math facts.  They had to match problems and answers using these cracked Liberty Bells.
For fun, we have also played this 'I Have, Who Has?' President Game.  I love this activity since it exposes students to all 44 US Presidents.
At the end of the week, students used all of the newfound knowledge to create these White House booklets:

I've put together a unit containing all of the above activities and MUCH, MUCH more! Over 180 pages are included!
You can download a free George Washington and Abraham Lincoln Fluency Sheet and Comparison Activity by clicking below:
To read more about the unit and purchase, click below:

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