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Presidential Monuments




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


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students create a new monument for a U.S. president!



  • define the word monument,
  • learn about monuments honoring U.S. presidents,
  • design a new monument for a president.


president, monument

Materials Needed

  • teacher-selected library, textbook, and/or online sources about monuments honoring U.S. presidents
  • drawing paper
  • pens or pencils
  • markers

Lesson Plan

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

Lesson 1

  • Discuss the meaning of the word monument. Ask students to name some famous monuments in the United States. Ask which of those monuments honor presidents.
  • Have students study images of some of the monuments honoring presidents from teacher-selected library, textbook, or online sources. Begin your research with these sites:
    Washington Monument
    Lincoln Memorial
    Thomas Jefferson Memorial
    Mount Rushmore
  • Tell students: Imagine you are an artist who has been asked to design a new monument for a president. Which president would you choose to honor with a monument? Why? What kind of image and design would you create for your monument?
  • Divide the class into small groups. Distribute drawing paper. Tell students to work together to choose the president for a new monument and create a design for the monument. Tell students to write a short paragraph telling the reason they chose their president and describing the design for the monument. Encourage students to use print and/or online sources for any needed research.

Lesson 2
Have students present their completed designs to the class. Ask the class to choose their favorite designs.

Extension:Let the class choose one design to build as a model. Let students choose the materials for the model.


Evaluate students' designs and presentations.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


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Last updated 2/13/17