Presidents’ Day Ideas

February 18th is Presidents’ Day in 2013. We have the day off, unless of course we get an inclement weather day between now and then. We have done a big Revolutionary War and Colonial Times unit this year, and I’m in the middle of a unit on the Civil War. As Presidents’ Day is traditionally about George Washington and Abe Lincoln, my students already have a lot of background knowledge about these two presidents. I thought I’d share some other resources I’m considering using with my students this year…

 

  • ABC Teach has lots of free resources for Presidents’ Day that address kids of all ages. I especially like the Fact Cards that they provide. They’d be great for a scavenger hunt of some kind, or to have students use them as background knowledge to create a Fakebook page for the different presidents.

 

  • Animated Hero Classics (available on DE Streaming!) offers great biographies of Lincoln and Washington, and there are excellent resources available to accompany these 30 minute videos at http://www.dscl.org/kids/animated-heros-classics.html. They cover everything from coloring pages, to historical tie-ins, to integrated math activities.

 

  • We are learning about calculating the area of a shape with lengths of fractional amounts in math, so we might also find the areas of the different parts of different sizes of the American flag and then compare them proportionally.

 

 

  • This FREE Main Idea Match Up activity from TpT also has promise for an ELA skill review activity for my students.

 

What is your favorite activity for Presidents’ Day?

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