Happy Birthday George! Presidents' Day Centers Activities

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For the first time I'm getting an early start on some of this year's projects...Monday, February 20th is Presidents' Day and it will come quicker than you think! The following learning center offers students an interactive way to honor and celebrate Presidents’ Day. A variety of activities relating to mathematics, language arts, and social studies help students discover the significance behind the national holiday and what it means to be an American. Use a basket to contain all materials for the center and locate it on a table for students to access during their free time or after completing an assignment. All of the activities are outlined in the binder and include most of the materials needed (templates, worksheets, flashcards, books, coloring sheets, clothespins, colored paper, string, President photographs, pennies/coins, dry erase marker, etc.). After introducing the learning center to the class, no additional teacher instruction is needed to complete the activities. Print, and place pages in a binder (using protector sheets and multiple copies of materials) for students to explore. Teacher must supply needed materials for activities (listed on page 3). I used this in a second grade classroom, but it can easily be modified for students grades 1-5. I'll upload photos as soon as I can find them! :) 8 Activities Include:1. Lincoln Penny Pinchers2. Making Monuments3. Liberty Letters4. If I were president...5. Star-Spangled String6. Mini Mount Rushmore7. Pop-Out Paper White House8. Coloring Sheets/Flashcards/Books (supplied in basket by teacher)A great website for more president day printables can be found at this website...http://abcteach.com/directory/seasonalholidays/presidents_day/

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Happy Birthday George! Cel ebrati ng Presi dents Day the ____________ grade way! Onceuponasubstitute.blogspot.com % 2012 % Cortney Bystrom Blow out the candles and make a wish because we are celebrating George Washingtons 280th Birthday! Waithow can he be 280 years old?! THATS OLD! George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born on February 22, 1732. When he was born, America wasnt even a nation yet! Americans celebrate his birthday along with Abraham Lincolns on the Monday before Washingtons and after Lincolns birthday on February 20th, 2012. Presidents Day is a holiday honoring past presidents of the United States. This learning center offers 8 activities that will help you learn more about America and our presidents! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Acti vi ti es: 1. Lincoln Penny Pinchers (2 Pennies, eraser, dry erase marker) 2. Making Monuments (Monument books, copies of blueprint pages) 3. Liberty Letters (Copies of Letter Templates, Blank Envelopes) 4. If I Were President (Time For Kids Graphic Organizer see link) 5. Star-spangled String (String hung in classroom, clothespins, star template, red/white/blue paper, scissors, glue, President flashcards, President pics) 6. Mini Mount Rushmore (See material list on page) 7. Pop-Out Paper White House (See materials on page) 8. Coloring Sheets/Flashcards/Books (Supplied by teacher http://abcteach.com/directory/seasonalholidays/presidents_day/) 1. Li ncol n Penny Pi nchers Happy Birthday, Lincoln! With a partner, have one person be heads and the other tails. Take turns flipping coins to see which column reaches the top first. Use the erasable marker to put an x in the boxes. Who will win?! 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2. 2. Maki ng Monuments Imagine this You are an artist and you have been asked to design a new monument for a president. Which president would you choose? What kind of design would you create? What is a monument? A monument is a building or statue that honors a person or an event. Some monuments honor presidents. Take a look at a monument book for some ideas for your design. Research the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Mount Rushmore, etc. Right:LincolnMemorialtohonorour16thPresident Make a monument blueprint by sketching your idea on graph paper for the construction workers to use in their planning. Dont forget to name the monument after the president you have chosen! Name: ___________________________________ 3. Li berty Letters Write a letter to the President and mail it to the White House! It takes 6-8 weeks to get a reply, but your class may get a packet back from the President that includes stickers and information about all the presidents and more! Dont forget to put your schools return address on the envelope! Include the Return Address: ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ Things to tell the President: All about your school/grade What you know about presidents and American symbols What you want to learn If you have any ideas Thank you for _______________. What you like about America How you want to help your country Steps to writing your letter: 1. Use the letter form provided. 2. Address the envelope using the address on the letter above Dear Mr. President. 3. Use your best handwriting! 4. Put in an envelope provided by your teacher. Teacher Link for Letter Template: http://www.abcteach.com/free/w/writingprompt_lettertopresident.pdf ___________________________ 2003-2008 abcteach.com ____________________________ ____________________________ (your address) ____________________________ (the date) President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Sincerely, ____________________________ (your signature) ____________________________ (your name) 4. I f I were Presi dent Being president takes a lot of responsibility. They make many decisions and must listen to the people of America. Use the worksheet to draw and write answers for each box. Who knows You could be President someday! (Teacher link to print worksheet - http://www.timeforkids.com/content/if-i-were-president-0) 5. Star-Spangl ed Stri ng Class Goal: To have 44 stars on our Star-Spangled String! Your Task: 1. Make a star by tracing the star template on red, white, or blue paper. 2. Choose from the list of presidents and place a check next to the one you pick. 3. Find this Presidents picture in the Ziploc/envelope. (Teacher must cut out pictures provided) 4. Glue this picture onto your star. (http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents) 5. Find this President in the U.S. President Flashcards. 6. On your star, write one interesting fact you found. 7. Hang your star on the string by using a clothespin to attach it to the string. List of Presidents: 1. George Washington, 1789-1797 2. John Adams, 1797-1801 3. Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809 4. James Madison, 1809-1817 5. James Monroe, 1817-1825 6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829 7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837 8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841 9. William Henry Harrison, 1841 10. John Tyler, 1841-1845 11. James Knox Polk, 1845-1849 12. Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850 13. Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853 14. Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857 15. James Buchanan, 1857-1861 16. Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865 17. Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869 18. Ulysses Simpson Grant, 1869-1877 19. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881 20. James Abram Garfield, 1881 21. Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885 22. Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889 23. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893 24. Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897 25. William McKinley, 1897-1901 26. Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 27. William Howard Taft, 1909-1913 28. Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 29. Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923 30. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 31. Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933 32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945 33. Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 34. Dwight David Eisenhower 1953-1961 35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963 36. Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969 37. Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974 38. Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977 39. James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981 40. Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989 41. George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993 42. William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001 43. George Walker Bush, 2001-2009 44. Barack Hussein Obama, 2009- !!!"!#$%'()&"*'+, , !!!"!#$%'()&"*'+, ,, ,,, , , !!!"!#$%'()&"*'+,,, ,,, ,,, !!!"!#$%'()&"*'+,, ,,,,Star Templ ate 6. Mi ni Mount Rushmore Mount Rushmore is a monument in South Dakota that honors 4 Presidents important in the first 150 years of American history: George Washington Thomas Jefferson Theodore Roosevelt Abraham Lincoln From 1927 to 1941, more than 400 men and women helped to carve the mountain. They had to work hard by climbing 506 steps everyday to get to the top! Gutzon Borglum was the sculptor. Did you know that 90% of the carvings were done using more than 800 pounds of dynamite?! Did you know that each Presidents head is as tall as a 6-story building? Or that each nose is 20 feet long and each mouth is 18 feet wide? THATS BIG! Make a Mini Mount Rushmore Youll need: A penny, nickel, dime, and quarter White paper Blue construction paper Brown crayon or colored pencil Tape Glue Scissors Make it! 1. Tape your coins onto your white paper in this order: From left to right, penny, dime, nickel, quarter. Make sure the Presidents' heads are facing down! 2. Flip your paper over and rub your brown crayon or pencil over top of the coins and all around. You'll see the Presidents' faces appear! 3. Cut your white paper into a mountain shape and tape or glue it onto a piece of sky blue paper. **Special Note: Keep in mind that the Theodore Roosevelt is the President on Mount Rushmore, Franklin D. Roosevelt is the President on the dime. 7. Pop-Out Paper Whi te House For more than 200 years, the White House has been a home for many Presidents and their families. It is also recognized as a symbol of America. Fun Facts There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901. Presidential Firsts while in office... President James Polk (1845-49) was the first President to have his photograph taken... President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also the first President to travel outside the country when he visited Panama... President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was the first President to ride in an airplane. With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests a