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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Presidents' Day!

We had lots of fun learning important details about both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In my opinion, it is crucial that learning is fun, especially for my 5 and 6 year old students. Facts about a person who lived a long time ago, can be very boring for a 5 year old. Well, we mixed up important facts with fun and accurate information that kept the students’ attention and interest in the topic discussed.
Two of the projects we made were depictions of the two presidents and one of them had a writing prompt based on the facts we learned.
Here is the project about Abraham Lincoln:

I used scholastic.com and other sources that allowed me to balance factual information that is both interesting and fun. My students enjoyed learning that Lincoln was known as “honest Abe”. We talked about what it means  and how important it is to tell the truth. They especially liked the fact that he – sometimes – carried papers in his big hat! They found that to be very funny!

Here is another version that my students made a couple of years ago:
In my class, we use lots of anchor charts. Kids love them  and I find them very useful!

Here is our version of George Washington:

Kids related to George Washington having dogs throughout his life.  They enjoyed learning that he was an avid reader. They pointed out that he started school at 6 instead of 5 years of age, compared to most of them. Learning is more meaningful when students make connections and find real life value and significance to what is taught.
We looked at real pictures of George Washington and talked about the attire back then and how it is so different from what people wear now. One of my sweet, smart students asked: “How come his uniform isn’t camouflage?“ How super cute and smart was that?!?!?! Loved it!

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