Presidents Day is around the corner!
Want some quick and easy teaching resources for your homeschool?
Presidents Day primarily celebrates the February birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but it’s also meant to honor all of our Presidents and their contributions to our country.
The resources below are free and require no advance preparation at all. Underneath each resource is an activity or project idea if you want to spend more time on the topic.
Read over the list and use these with your kids on Presidents Day!
1) For younger kids, download a collection of free President’s Day printables for grade levels K-3 at TeachersPayTeachers.com. You have to give your email to get the download, but you can always unsubscribe later. These printables will keep your kids busy with creative learning for a while! Click here to get yours.
2) Which Presidents are on your money? The Washington Post newspaper's website has a fun and interesting infographic on all the U.S. Presidents on our money and why they were chosen.
Activity: After reviewing the infographic, have the kids design a new coin or dollar bill with a different President or important person in U.S. history. After all, Benjamin Franklin is on the $100 bill, but he was never a U.S. President!
Did you know that?! Click here for the infographic.
3) Watch short videos on Washington and Lincoln on Disney Educational Productions’ Youtube channel! These videos are jazzy and lively, with lots of animation as opposed to talking heads. They focus specifically on their contributions to our country.
Click here for the Disney video on Washington.
Click here for the Disney video on Lincoln.
Activity: Write an obituary on one or both of the Presidents. An obituary is a short biography, so it’s easier to write than an essay, but it still requires critical thinking because kids have to consider what to include and what to leave out.
The obituary should include:
1. Name of Deceased Person
2. Place of Birth
3. Living Survivors (family members that were still alive when the person passed away)
4. Interesting Facts about the Person. What important contributions did they make?
5. An interesting fact YOU find especially important or meaningful
6. Place of death
4) For advanced teen readers, direct them to some famous award winning biographies on Washington and Lincoln. For George Washington, Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow is a highly recommended book. Chernow also wrote the biography that inspired the famous Broadway play “Hamilton.” For Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is an ongoing popular favorite and considered a must read by many.
Enjoy Presidents Day!