Sunday, February 15, 2009

Presidents' Day Activities

Activities for Presidents' Day









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President's Week Lessons & Activities

President's Day is Monday, February 16th - and it kicks off President's week. President's Day falls between the birthdays of two very popular U.S. Presidents: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, was born on February 12, 1809 and George Washington, our 1st President, was born on February 22, 1732.

Two other U.S. Presidents were born in the month of February as well. William Harrison was born on February 9, 1773 and Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911.

Here are some fun ways to weave learning about U.S. presidents into your homeschool days this week - or whenever your kids express an interest in finding out more about the presidents.
LANGUAGE ARTS

POTUS (Presidents Of The United States) - is a feature of the Internet Public Library that provides information on U. S. Presidents. Read biographies and historical documents online, listen to audio files and watch video clips, get detailed information about election results, cabinet members, notable events, and enjoy some trivia. There is material here that is appropriate for a variety of age/grade ranges from about mid- elementary through high school and beyond. As always, parents should preview the material to determine suitability of content.

Read the online legend of George Washington and the Cherry Tree.

Read the online legend of why Lincoln was called "Honest Abe."

Read Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame, and What the Neighbors Thought by Kathleen Krull. It's available at your library. Not only will you learn about the high points of lives of our leaders, but you'll discover their bad habits, silly nicknames, and strange pets too. This book is fun for the whole family (about ages 8 and up). Get free games, quizzes, and activities related to the book at the author's website.

Presidential Word Fun - At the top of a blank, lined piece of paper, write the word, "President." Challenge your kids to make as many words out of that word as they can. (For example: resident, side, dent, net, sent, etc.) You can do the same with the names, "George Washington" and "Abraham Lincoln."

MATH

Scholastic: Math Hunt - U.S. Presidents - In this online activity, learn historical facts about the U.S. Presidents. Then use your math skills including multiplication and division, fractions, multiplication with fractions, geometry (determining perimeter), and map skills to solve some challenging questions.

Eduplace.com: Where Did They Come From? - This free lesson combines math and social studies. Download and print free worksheets that help students analyze data and create a bar graph showing the home states of U.S. Presidents. Find out which state has given us the most Presidents.

Help George Count The Cherries - First of all, print and cut out the cherries on this page. Then, put the correct number in the printable baskets from this page.

Fun with Money! - Many U.S. Presidents are displayed on coins and currency that lend themselves to fun math activities. Look for:
Penny - Abraham Lincoln
Nickel - Thomas Jefferson
Dime - Franklin Roosevelt
Quarter - George Washington
Half Dollar - John F. Kennedy
$1 Bill - George Washington
$2 Bill - Thomas Jefferson
$5 Bill - Abraham Lincoln
$10 Bill - Alexander Hamilton
$20 - Andrew Jackson
Sort the coins and bills. Count them. Stack them. Challenge the kids to figure out how many different combinations of coins they can use to equal one dollar or more.

Make a Coin Rubbing! - Put a coin (heads up) on the table. Place a piece of plain white paper on top of the coin. Take a crayon and rub it over the surface of the coin - and the image on the coin will transfer to the paper. Cut them out and use them as math manipulatives, or game pieces, or for pretend play.

SCIENCE

Make Dirty Pennies Shine with Fruit Juice - Family Education offers this free, fun science experiment that kids 4-10 are sure to enjoy.

HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES

WhiteHouse101 - This is one of the best sources for fun and educational facts on U.S. Presidents that will appeal to all ages. It's housed at the official White House website. When you get to the site simply click on the picture menu to:
Tour the White House
Watch a terrific slide-show to learn about U.S. Presidents
Read "Fun Facts" about U.S. Presidents
Enjoy a delightful slide-show about First Pets

The White House Historical Association - Get a free lesson plan titled, Every Day Is Presidents' Day at the White House, for grades K-3. Be sure to click on the "Activity" links at the bottom of the page to access free materials that supplement the lesson.

President's Day Web Quest - Public school teachers created this resource that offers free, printable templates to conduct a web-based scavenger hunt for information about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They also offer templates to create Venn diagrams and a comparison report based on the information you find. There's a quiz too. The site hasn't been updated in a while, so some of the links to resources they recommend don't work. However, you can find the answers you need at the WhiteHouse101 website mentioned above. You could also easily print out the templates and conduct this search offline at your local library.

Homeschool Helper - Get free unit studies on George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the American Presidents along with links to other Presidents' Day resources, printables, and crafts. The owner of this site is a veteran homeschool mom who not only shares resources she has used successfully, but enables other parents to post and share unit studies (on a variety of subjects). While some of the content contains a Christian- based perspective, many of the resources will appeal to secular audiences as well.

ART & MUSIC

Kaboose.com: President's Day - This HUGE, family-focused, advertising-supported media company maintains one of the very best reliable, updated, and consistent archives of supplemental educational activities, games, crafts, printables, and information. Their President's Day page makes it easy on you to provide educational art activities that will entertain your kids while they learn.

DLTK: President's Day - This terrific site offers free coloring pages and craft activities that are appropriate for ages 3-12. For President's Day you'll find an assortment of coloring pages, a TP roll craft to make a stovepipe hat, and even instuctions to make a milk-carton log cabin.

Listen to a song about Washington.

Listen to a song about Lincoln.

Make a 3-Cornered Hat on Washington's Birthday!

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