To begin, I want to share two books that I feel give a pretty decent synopsis of Washington and Lincoln’s presidencies. I looked at quite a few that honed in on a specific period of their lives, but these told the full story in a way that I think young readers can understand. George Washington’s Teeth tells about the various stages in his life as he loses his teeth, and Abe Lincoln Loved Animals explains Lincoln’s life as well as his love of his pets. Did you know that a turkey is pardoned each year because Lincoln just couldn’t shoot a turkey for Thanksgiving. He was also broken hearted about leaving his dog, Fido, in Illinois when the family traveled to the the White House.
To honor George Washington, two of my favorites are John, Paul, George, & Ben and George vs George. Both give a great explanation of the history.
If you’re working with biographies, I also recommend the picture books by David Adler (A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln and A Picture Book of George Washington). You can easily find one for each of the presidents for class research work.
In my store, I have recently added this resource for Presidents’ Day. It included guided reading materials for George Washington’s Teeth and Abraham Lincoln Loved Animals. There are youtube read alouds for both of these books as well as a few of the others I shared.
In addition to the guided reading materials, teachers can also use the lapbook project for further Presidents’ Day studies and research. Students use other biographies, the encyclopedia, or nonfiction from your library to tell about the lives of Lincoln and Washington and how they compare.
Finally, the unit concludes with a class book option where students write about what they would do if they were the president. It has a cover with it and can be bound for the kids to read later or for parents to view as they’re waiting for your next conference.
In the second photo is from Classroom Compulsion. I think this idea is so adorable, and I think honestly it could be modified to include other presidents as well. With a change in hair color or clothing shapes.
TECHNOLOGY IDEAS AND RESOURCES
For tech resources, I am going to share a few youtube links to the books I mentioned earlier. I know we all like to mix things up, and sometimes, a video read aloud may work better for showing the pictures, right? Just click on the book images to access them.
The resource I created featured Abe Lincoln Loves Animals, but I’ve used all of these books at various times. They all seem to share tidbits of information that you might not know otherwise. Kids are fascinated by the trivia, so I’d try to grab these to share.