President's Day Fun with Washington & Lincoln!

President’s Day is coming up and here are a few lesson ideas just in case you need a bit of inspiration {amidst all the Valentine’s Day and Black History Month planning!}…

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

Your President's Day lessons wouldn't be complete without an exploration of two of our most influential presidents/important historical figures - George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. From books and crafts to anchor charts and lapbooks, there are lots of fun ways in which you can incorporate some presidential learning into your lesson plans!

Story Time

With colorful pictures and concise prose, picture books offer a great way to introduce new topics - especially if you can find a series that your kiddos connect with. Because books of a series often present material in the same (or similar) way, students will become accustomed to the flow/pattern of the text making it easier to pick up on new facts and, knowing what to expect, connect with the story. We found several book series that you might include in your lesson on Washington and Lincoln...

  • Patricia A. Pingry's "The Story of..." Series. Includes The Story of George Washington and The Story of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Patricia A. Pingry's Meet George Washington and Meet Abraham Lincoln.
  • David A. Adler's Picture Book Biography Series. Includes A Picture Book of George Washington and A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln.
  • "Who Was..." Biography Series. Includes Who Was George Washington by Roberta Edwards and Who Was Abraham Lincoln by Janet Pascal.

Lesson Review

Once you've introduced the topic and learned a little bit about our first and sixteenth presidents, you might work together with your kiddos to organize/document your learning with a fun Venn Diagram, comparing and contrasting the two men,...

President's Day Preschool Lesson Plan
Example Venn Diagram with FREE printables via Mrs. Thiessen over at The First Grade Sweet Life
President's Day Preschool Lesson Plan
Example Venn Diagram via Mrs. Durning-Leander over at K-2 is Splendid!

...or even a flip book/lapbook {inspired by one of these fabulous activities} that they can keep in their social studies folders!

President's Day Preschool Lesson Plan
Flip Book Inspiration via Melissa over at First Grade Smiles
President's Day Preschool Lesson Plan
Lapbook Inspiration via Stephanie over at Sparkling in Third Grade

Getting your kiddos excited about history is easy with these great projects! Be sure to visit each blog for the full lesson/activity details!