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Happy Presidents’ Day!
18 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Social Studies, Kindergarten Social Studies, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Like many of you, we were in school today to make up one of our snow days. I was actually really happy about that because it was such a GREAT opportunity to study all about the presidents! Today we focused on Abraham Lincoln. (Mainly because he is *my* favorite president…Tomorrow, our focus is in on George Washington!)
My students walked in to see this anchor chart set up and ready for some interactive writing. 
I also had this book displayed on my white board. 
{If you have not read this book I URGE you to go out and get it! It is SUCH a great picture book!!}
After reading and learning about Abraham Lincoln, we filled out our anchor chart. 
{Please excuse my mistakes! The “p” in ‘president’ should not be capitalized– I need to fix them when I go back to school tomorrow! This will make for a great mini-lesson on proper nouns and when you capitalize the word “president”!(and how Miss Smith is not perfect and DOES make mistakes!) Lucky for me I laminated this anchor chart and wrote in dry erase markers!}
My students gave me all of the ideas to write on the chart. As I was writing, they were also writing on their mini white boards. After we wrote together, my students then wrote about Abraham Lincoln on a recording sheet at their desks. We then displayed them in the hallway along with a craft that we made. I love writing with my students this way because it helps them generate ideas! 
Abraham Lincoln also helped us in math class today! It worked out perfectly that this week our focus is measurement. During my prep, I drew a 6’4″ tall Abraham Lincoln and when the students returned, we all took turns measuring ourselves up against him. This is always a fun lesson!  
My students always get a kick out of how TALL he was!
{To do this, I used this CUTE clipart that I had purchased from Melonheadz and printed it on a transparency. I made sure that he was 6’4″ and then traced the outline of the drawing on white bulletin board paper.}
 To extend our lesson, we practiced measuring American symbols (and important people) with a quick game of Mix and Measure! To play this game, I used game pieces from my math center called “measure me.” {this math bin is found in my February Math Bin pack} I then placed a card and a ruler at every spot in my classroom. My students were handed a recording sheet and a clip board. 
To play this game the rule is that when the music is on, the students may walk around the classroom. However, once the music STOPS, they must quickly and quietly find a card to measure. My students loved reviewing their American symbols and important people and it was a great way to practice measuring! 
 
 
One thing that I absolutely love to capitalize on when teaching about Abraham Lincoln is that he was known as “Honest Abe.” My class and I had a great discussion about honesty and why it is important to tell the truth. It was really endearing to hear what my class thought about this topic. To culminate a really great day we watched this video all about “Honest Abe.” If you teach at a Christian school, this is a GREAT video to show. While it doesn’t specifically mention the Bible, it ties into your Bible lessons so easily! My class really enjoyed it! 

I hope that your week started off well!
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  1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE your creativity! Your students are so blessed to have you as a teacher. What an amazing way to teach about the presidents. I especially love that they compare their heights to Abe Lincoln. Can I PLEASE come be a student in your class????
    Maria
    Kinder-Craze

  2. Loved all of the activities you shared! My favorite has got to be the actual 6″4′ Abe Lincoln to compare heights! What great ideas you have. Thanks for sharing!
    -Monique
    More Than Math by Mo

  3. Love!!! YOu are always so fun!!

  4. Thanks for the idea for the Lincoln book. I will definitely have to look into that next year!

    What I Have Learned

  5. I love printing on transparencies to enlarge images (I trade passed on by my teacher-mama)! Yours turned out WAY cuter than mine, though!! :) Love these activities!

  6. I also just love the life-size Lincoln! What a great way to really show them how tall he was. Saying 6 foot 4 doesn’t really mean much to them.

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  7. The life size Lincoln idea is adorable, and thanks for the video I haven’t seen that one yet.
    Sara
    Frampton’s FUNdamentals

  8. Jodi -

    I’m sure your students loved learning about Lincoln!!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  9. What a great idea to laminate your chart then write over it. I like the idea of measuring different symbols. I think I know what I am doing tomorrow.

  10. Hi there,
    Can you tell me if you sell your math bin labels anywhere? They are adorable and I could use them in my classroom . I would love to purchase them. Thanks so much.
    Megan

  11. kim -

    I love the poster! I’m doing that next year. I laughed when I read the sentence about him being shot in the head only because I know how fascinated kids are with those kinds of facts. FYI, Lincoln didn’t die in the theater. They took him to a neighboring house and he died there later. Sorry, my husband teaches Civil War history. I know way more than anybody should about Abe Lincoln. :/

    • Kim! Kids say the darndest things! Thanks for that fact! I think my students got that fact from one of the books we read- I’ll have to go back and look in it to see what it said! Thanks for commenting!!

13 Comments

  • Oh my gosh, I LOVE your creativity! Your students are so blessed to have you as a teacher. What an amazing way to teach about the presidents. I especially love that they compare their heights to Abe Lincoln. Can I PLEASE come be a student in your class????
    Maria
    Kinder-Craze

  • Loved all of the activities you shared! My favorite has got to be the actual 6″4′ Abe Lincoln to compare heights! What great ideas you have. Thanks for sharing!
    -Monique
    More Than Math by Mo

  • Love!!! YOu are always so fun!!

  • Thanks for the idea for the Lincoln book. I will definitely have to look into that next year!

    What I Have Learned

  • I love printing on transparencies to enlarge images (I trade passed on by my teacher-mama)! Yours turned out WAY cuter than mine, though!! :) Love these activities!

  • I also just love the life-size Lincoln! What a great way to really show them how tall he was. Saying 6 foot 4 doesn’t really mean much to them.

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  • The life size Lincoln idea is adorable, and thanks for the video I haven’t seen that one yet.
    Sara
    Frampton’s FUNdamentals

  • Jodi -

    I’m sure your students loved learning about Lincoln!!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  • What a great idea to laminate your chart then write over it. I like the idea of measuring different symbols. I think I know what I am doing tomorrow.

  • Hi there,
    Can you tell me if you sell your math bin labels anywhere? They are adorable and I could use them in my classroom . I would love to purchase them. Thanks so much.
    Megan

  • kim -

    I love the poster! I’m doing that next year. I laughed when I read the sentence about him being shot in the head only because I know how fascinated kids are with those kinds of facts. FYI, Lincoln didn’t die in the theater. They took him to a neighboring house and he died there later. Sorry, my husband teaches Civil War history. I know way more than anybody should about Abe Lincoln. :/

    • Kim! Kids say the darndest things! Thanks for that fact! I think my students got that fact from one of the books we read- I’ll have to go back and look in it to see what it said! Thanks for commenting!!

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