One of my favorite things to do as an educator is to develop resources that incorporate hybrid lesson approaches. I especially love to do this with History and English! In the Presidents Day: Lincoln, Washington, and American Symbols resource American History, reading comprehension, and knowledge checks come together to help students immerse themselves in the information they are learning. The more we read, write, and discover about a topic the more the information makes sense and stays with us. I love this approach so much and I know so many fellow educators that do also!
This resource features a focus on eight different American symbols. Each symbol includes an information sheet about the American symbol, a vocabulary sheet to help fill in knowledge gaps, and a symbol review sheet. The review sheets are a great way for students to practice going back in the text to find the correct answer and solidify the knowledge they have been taking in. I encourage students to look at it as a fun scavenger hunt!
The next part of the resource provides one study about Abraham Lincoln, and a second study about George Washington. To begin each unit is a KWL Worksheet so students can express what they know, what they would like to know, and later, what they have learned. Next is a book about each president. Each book can either be kept as full sheets, or if you prefer, the pages can be cut in half and stapled together to create a booklet. Are you in a district or homeschool with a limited budget? (Who isn’t? Am I right?) You could even print a copy and laminate it to send home in a read and return bag to save on printing ink, or use it for one-on-one instruction. With some imagination the possibilities are limitless on how you can use this in a meaningful way in your classroom. (I’ve worked with a very tight budget of my own, so I know the struggle is indeed “real” as the kids like to say!). After reading the book students fill out a review question worksheet to work on comprehension, they can find the answers by looking back in the text.
Lastly, there is a small project for each president, Washington and Lincoln. I have included a cover sheet, a fact worksheet, and a summary sheet. The worksheet helps reinforce close reading. The summary sheet is an opportunity for each student to practice writing while explaining why each president is an important historical figure in American History. This is a great way of finishing up this mini lesson while incorporating close reading skills.
Use this resource on its own or to bulk up lesson plans you already have in place. Want to know more about this lesson? You can check it out HERE