I am super pumped about Presidents Day next week!!!!
I get an entire day off! I get to reflect on the lives of the influential Presidents, past and present, while I enjoy my day off! Whoop, whoop! I love getting my students excited about this holiday as well. I have an entire day of activities and educational learning planned for my students that I wanted to share with you! Get those anchor charts, crayons, higher order thinking skills ready! Let’s go!
What big feet you have!!!
Kids love to be able to compare their body and space around them to those of famous people. Presidents included! I love pulling my husband’s size 14 boots and size 11 shoes out of the closet and taking them to school with me. Kids have a blast trying to walk in them. So cute! I have also created this anchor chart in the past so they can compare their feet on paper. Use anchor chart paper to create this but be sure to laminate it! With everyone stepping on it, rips will occur pretty quickly.
Design your own White House
All grade levels love this activity! Brainstorm rooms that are important in a house. Then challenge students to think of rooms that would be required in the White House. Give each student a piece of graph paper and encourage them to create their own White House layout. Students can be as serious or silly as you wish! I always give my students a few requirements. For example, you must have an Oval Office, Greeting Room, 2 Meeting Rooms, 5 Bedrooms, and 2 Kitchens. The rest of the house is up to you!
Google Classroom Presidential Fun
I’ve made the transition into a paperless classroom and my students love it! This Google Classroom lesson on George Washington covers SO many Social Studies and Reading standards! It includes nonfiction passage on the life of George Washington and several digital activities including vocabulary, timeline building, and making connections. Click here to learn more!
The Jenny Evolution has compiled a list of wonderful Presidents Day books! Click here to read her list and reviews!
Eat Like a President
Encourage students to make a menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the White House. They can pick from the favorite foods of past presidents using this website! Click here to download my free template for this activity.
Abraham Lincoln Anchor Chart
I love making anchor charts, but gosh darn it, I’m just not an artist!!!! I am a complete cheater pants when it comes to anchor charts. I shared my secret here on the Primary Peach and you should check out the video. #mindblown #nomorestickfigures No, seriously, click over and read about it!
Abraham Lincoln Lapbook
Be sure to leave yourself lots of time in the day for this lapbook activity! Depending on what grade you teach, it could take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. BUT, this will be so meaningful and really build a sense of ownership and pride in your students’ work! The lapbook is LOADED with facts about President Lincoln’s life. Take a look! Click here to learn more!