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Presidents Picture Book

Subjects

  • Language Arts,
  • U.S.
  • History
  • Art

Grade

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

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Brief Description

Students create a picture book of the U.S. presidents.

Objectives

Students

  • learn general information about the U.S. presidents,
  • write a sentence about each president,
  • create a picture book about the U.S. presidents.

Keywords

presidents, United States, picture book, history

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

  • teacher-selected library sources about the U.S. presidents
  • printouts from the sites listed in the lesson
  • construction or drawing paper
  • drawing materials, such as markers or crayons
  • pens or pencils

Lesson Plan

Suggestion: You may want to complete this activity in two lessons.

Lesson 1

  • Ask students to name some of the U.S. presidents.
  • Read aloud to students background information about some of the presidents from library sources.
  • Tell students that each person will create a page with one or two sentences and a picture for a book about the U.S. presidents.

Lesson 2

  • Assign each student one president. Distribute construction or drawing paper and drawing materials.
  • Have each student draw a picture of the assigned president and write one or two sentences about the president under the picture from library books or online sources. For primary grades, assist students in researching the information and writing the sentences. For elementary and middle grades, have students check library sources or provide printouts of information about and pictures of the presidents from these suggested sites:
    The History Place -- Presidential Portraits (provides images only)
    The Presidents of the United States
    The Internet Public Library POTUS: Presidents of the United States
  • When all the pages are finished, arrange them in the order in which each person served as president. Have students brainstorm a title for the book and a design for the cover.

Variations:

  • Focus the book on one president; for example, a picture book about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or John F. Kennedy.
  • Focus the book on a specific period; for example, presidents of the 20th century.
  • Create a picture book of the first ladies.

Assessment

Evaluate each student's contribution to the book.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

National Standards

Fine Arts:
  NA-VA.K-4.1
  NA-VA.5-8.1

Social Sciences:
  NSS-USH.5-12.3
  NSS-USH.5-12.4
  NSS-USH.5-12.5
  NSS-USH.5-12.6
  NSS-USH.5-12.7
  NSS-USH.5-12.8
  NSS-USH.5-12.9
  NSS-USH.K-4.3

Language Arts:
  NL-ENG.K-12.1
  NL-ENG.K-12.6
  NL-ENG.K-12.8

 

Last updated 2/13/2012

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