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President's Day
Posted by:Sammy #89497

I have fourth graders, but we're reading Grace's Letter to Lincoln to kick off our study of the Presidents. Also, we might give each child a piece of posterboard and ask them to create waist-up pictures of an assigned President. They'll cut arm holes out so that they can hold the board up in front of the class, and a face hole to put their face in. The clothing and background will vary according to their President. On the back, students will list 5 interesting facts about their President.

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Song of the Presidents
Posted by:Lori2 #58727

When my daughter was in first grade, her teacher did a month long study of the Presidents for February. They learned all the Presidents in order using a song -- I believe it was called Song of the Presidents and went through Clinton -- I don't know if they have a new version with the younger Bush or not. Each day they studied a President or two and learned at least one or two facts about each one. For example, George Washington our first President and the Father of our Country. John Adams kept our country out of a war and was a leader in the fight for independence. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and with the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of our country. ETC. Each day the students would repeat the facts learned the day before and learn the new ones. At the end of the unit, she stood the children up...

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Presidents Day
Posted by:Christina #89910

I read the book So You Want to be President? We discuss how the president dresses and what he does. We talk about some of the cool things Pres. have put in the White House and the portraits from the W.H. The kids then draw themself as a presidential portrait. On the back they write one good thing they'd try to do for the country and one fun thing.
I also got in the Feb. monthly reproducibles book a presidential sort. There is a picture of G.W. and A.L. and open spaces on their hats. There is a sheet of facts. The kids have to decide which president it fits and glue down the facts.

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Presidents
Posted by:moe #29408

My "President" theme usually falls around the same time my 2nd graders study money. One of our projects is to examine the famous faces on coins. Then I cut large, white circles and the kids take turns standing in front of the overhead to have their sillouettes (spell?) traced. Then, with their heads outlined on one side, they design a new coin with their own faces on the coins. They pick the value, special phrases, & date = year of their birth, etc. They have fun with this!

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President's Day ideas
Posted by:debbie #67017

I don't know if they are cute necessarily, but I think they will be fun.

I went to Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago so I will show the class some of the pictures, especially the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the White House. I have an overview of the White House(how many rooms, what other amenities are included) and we talk about how it was different when Lincoln lived there and how George Washington was the only president not to live there.

We also have a discussion about what the kids think the president's job is (this can be fun!) and I write their responses for a book the class makes about what they learned about presidents.

Finally, I ask the kids to write a bit about what they would...

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