Barack Obama

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The lesson introduces students to the first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama. A detailed biography is presented, including his early years, the path through the political landscape to his election as the 44th President, and other interesting facts about Obama. Additionally, it summarizes some of Barack Obama’s accomplishments as President. The lesson may be used in conjunction with Black History lessons or those related to other presidents and American history.

Barack Obama Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Barack Obama
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama. A detailed biography is presented, including his early years, the path through the political landscape to his election as the 44th President, and other interesting facts about Obama. Additionally, it summarizes some of Barack Obama’s accomplishments as President. The lesson may be used in conjunction with Black History lessons or those related to other presidents and American history.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students what the most important role of president should be for the country.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask students: Who was the first African-American president of the United States? Once the answer is given, ask students:  What are some things you know about Barack Obama?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Barack Obama to the class.
  5. Distribute Barack Obama content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute supplies.  Allow students access to the Internet or other resources for events to add to the timeline.  Students should include drawn images or pictures from the Internet or other sources.
  7. Once completed, the students share their timelines with another pair of students or with the class. Display all timelines in a prominent place in the classroom.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: Do you truly believe that anyone born and raised in the United States could become the President of the country regardless of their background? Why or why not?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies