John F. Kennedy

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The lesson introduces students to the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.  The students will learn about Kennedy’s accomplishments and contributions as President of the U.S.  The lesson includes some background of the Kennedy family, as well as some of the events Kennedy had to confront during his presidency including the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Finally, the events surrounding Kennedy’s assassination are reviewed as part of the lesson.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to Presidents of the U.S. or civil rights.

John F. Kennedy Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about John F. Kennedy
  • 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

Introduce your students to an important historical figure in the United States, President John F. Kennedy.  The students will learn about Kennedy’s accomplishments and contributions as the 35th President of the U.S.  The lesson includes some background of the Kennedy family, as well as some of the events Kennedy had to confront during his presidency including the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Finally, the events surrounding Kennedy’s assassination are reviewed.  Links to age appropriate videos and websites are included with the lesson.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to Presidents of the U.S. or civil rights.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display in large letters/numbers: JFK, USA, 35, 43. Ask if they know the meaning of the letters and numbers.  (John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President, age elected)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Once the identity of Kennedy is known, ask students:  What can you tell the class about John F. Kennedy?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce John F. Kennedy.
  4. Distribute John F. Kennedy 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.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Group students in 3s or 4s.  Allow students sufficient time to discuss and respond to each question.  (The teacher may choose to review and clarify each question before students begin.)  Circulate through the room ensuring students remain on task discussing the questions.
  6. Once students have completed individual responses, allow students to share one or more of their personal responses. Responses will vary, allow for a class discussion or debate.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, allow students to share their responses and opinions related to each question.
  9. In closing, ask: Do you think Kennedy could have been elected to a second term as President? Why or why not?  If so, what more do you think he could have accomplished if he had not been assassinated?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

 

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.6.2

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