In this interactive digital lesson, students explore the history and celebration of Presidents' Day, as well as characteristics of effective leaders. They explore both primary and secondary sources to develop their own understanding of the holiday and the presidents.
Students will have the opportunity to watch, learn, examine, infer, compare, explore, and apply their understanding as 21st century learners. Activities include:
- Watch a video to learn about the complicated history of the holiday
- Learn why George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are celebrated
- Examine primary source images to analyze the characteristics of some early presidents
- Infer why specific props were included in portraits of presidents
- Compare what they think makes a great leader to what Kid President shares
- Explore other presidents that they think should be celebrated on the holiday
- Apply their learning to create a magazine article about their chosen president
This resource is a Google Slide that can be shared with students directly. You will get a link to the Google Slide version of this activity. It will ask you to make a copy of the document when you open it. You will then be able to edit the document if desired. You can share the document with students or post it as an assignment on Google Classroom. If you assign it through Classroom, be sure to click the "copy for each student" option.
Store: Harper's History