February is a short yet jam packed month. Almost immediately we dive right into Presidents’ Day lessons.
I usually do a two week unit for Presidents’ Day, focusing on Washington and Lincoln. Then, I let the students choose a president to research on their own or in small groups. Here are some ideas you can use for Presidents’ Day lessons.
A few years ago I got a bunch of leveled non-fiction readers from Donors Choose. I use those in my ELA Centers, pairing the students to partner read and gather facts on their own. As a class we do a Close Read on both presidents.
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Collaborative posters for our door. You can read more about this amazing
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history. When I taught 5th grade, these were an especially great
accompaniment to our social studies lessons.
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This year I am going to incorporate my dear friend Michelle from Apples and ABCs new President Craftivity/Writing. I am going to assign it as an exit ticket where they can showcase different facts that they learned about each president.
There are really endless possibilities to celebrate this holiday in your classroom. Whether you do one activity or a two week unit, your students will benefit from this cross curriculum unit, bridging reading, writing and social studies.