Presidents’ Day formally honors George Washington, but the holiday opens up the perfect opportunity to salute all of the men who have served our country. Dedicate a few lessons to the study of these great men.
Listed below are a few research and writing activities to inspire your students to think about the importance of individuals within our government. It is possible you may be inspiring a future political leader.
- Presidential term limits and qualifications to be president.
Write an opinion piece on whether or not the qualifications should change.
- Students choose an influential president to research and write a report about his contributions while in office.
- Study and research the Electoral College and its role within the election process.
Interview a family member or friend about the president he or she remembers the most and why. (Brainstorm a list of questions.)
- Ask students to count money but list only the names of the presidents on the bills. For example: two George Washingtons, one Abraham Lincoln, and three Andrew Jacksons.
- $1 George Washington
- $2 Thomas Jefferson
- $5 Abraham Lincoln
- $10 Alexander Hamilton
- $20 Andrew Jackson
Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.