"Meet Our Presidents" Bulletin Board
Use resources from the White House Web site and other library or Internet resources to create a "Meet Our Presidents" bulletin board.
This activity makes use of coloring pages of the presidents (see links in Materials Needed section above).
Older students might attach a presidential portrait to their reports instead of the using the coloring pages. You will find some nice portrait resources at Portraits of the Presidents, The Presidents of the United States (on the official White House Web site), or American Presidents Portrait Gallery.
Begin the activity by placing all of the U.S. presidents' names in a bag. Or you might print out each of the coloring pages (or portraits) and have students draw one from the stack. Students will be responsible for learning more about that president and writing a report about him, then coloring the picture. Post each student's coloring page and written report about a president on the "Meet Our Presidents" bulletin board display.
Writing About the Presidents Across the Grades
The format of the students' written reports will vary from grade to grade.
GeorgeWashington was the first president of the United States. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on February 22, 1732.
Develop a simple rubric based on your expectations. Students will use the rubric as a guide to successfully completing the project. You might refer to some sample rubrics -- such as this one for primary grade students -- as a guide for creating your own.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics
GRADES K - 4
NSS-C.K-4.1 What Is Government?
NSS-C.K-4.2 Values and Principles of Democracy
GRADES 5 - 8
NSS-C.5-8.1 Civic Life, Politics, and Government
NSS-C.5-8.2 Foundations of the American Political System
NSS-C.5-8.3 Principles of Democracy
GRADES 9 - 12
NSS-C.9-12.1 Civic Life, Politics, and Government
NSS-C.9-12.2 Foundations of the Political System
NSS-C.9-12.3 Principles of Democracy
SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
GRADES K - 4
NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
GRADES 5 - 12
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