Show a child a picture of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and you can see the excitement in their eyes! Presidents Day is fun to teach, but often, it’s hard to find the time. Here are some Presidents Day activities that you can add to your literacy stations. These have VIDEOS along with the digital resources, so your students can learn about good old GW and AL right before completing the activity!
Start With A Presidents Day Picture Book
I love introducing my students to any topic with quality books. Brad Meltzer, the author of “Ordinary People Change The World” series wrote these two phenomenal books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I like to start with these books when beginning my Presidents Day activities. Need a copy? Click on the books to grab them from my Amazon affiliate link. Trust me, you’ll use them for years to come.
Compare And Contrast With Presidents Day Activities
My kiddos were always amazed to learn that Washington and Lincoln never met! They nearly fell out of their seats when they learned that George Washington didn’t live in the White House because it hadn’t been built yet. This is a perfect time to teach the reading comprehension strategy of compare and contrast. You’ve already piqued their interest, so use this as a way to practice their comprehension skills.
Presidents Day Activities In Your Literacy Stations
I insert videos into many of my resources, and there are some super fun ones in these Presidents Day Activities! The best part is that the video is embedded in the first slide, so your kiddos can watch it without going to another site, and complete the activities right afterward. Plus, adding these to your literacy stations means that they’ll be able to practice their reading skills AND learn about Presidents Day. WIN-WIN!
Your students will be able to read all about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington with these reading passages. It’s always good to add as much non-fiction into your reading stations as you can.
They’ll also love the character traits activities and retelling everything they learned about each president.
And I don’t know any little boy or girl who doesn’t love imagining what they would do if they were president – so I’ve got you covered. Use these slides or printables to help them imagine how to make the world a better place!
When you’re all finished up with your Presidents Day Unit, show your kiddos how much they’ve learned with these charts, foldable books, and fun bookmarks!
The Complete Presidents Day Activities Bundle
Tradtional And Digital Activities Included
With social distancing and virtual learning, you will need a blend of both printable resources and digital activities. Use the foldable books and reading passages in your classroom, and use the digital activities on Seesaw or Google Slides for social distancing or remote learning.
Have a good one!