U.S. Presidents

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The lesson introduces the students to the United Sates presidents as of 2017, including a full list of the presidents and their terms.  In addition, the lesson gives more information and details about well-known presidents and events through history related to the leaders of the U.S.  Some students may be able to memorize the list of presidents, but it is expected that all students at least become aware of the names of each president.

U.S. Presidents Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about U.S. Presidents
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the position of president of the United States.  The various responsibilities of the president as the Executive Branch of government are briefly discussed. A few particularly influential presidents are discussed in more detail, including Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt, among others. All 45 presidents are listed with one interesting fact about each.  The lesson could be connected to another lesson about US History, or used as an introduction to more specific lessons on various presidents.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Ask students: Why is the position as President of the United States important?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to share facts about the current president.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to name as many past presidents as possible.  Tell students there have been 45 presidents.
  4. Display students’ responses. Introduce U.S. Presidents.
  5. Distribute S. Presidents content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Ask students to discuss things they know about the current president or a previous president they may remember in their lifetime.  Discuss strategies students may have for trying to memorize all the presidents in order.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Assign each student a different president to research and present to the class.  Distribute the supplies, including poster paper or poster boards.  Allow students access to the internet or other resources for research.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: What are the first three things you would do if you became the President of the United States? 
  10. Allow students to respond and discuss each of the three things and reasons for doing them. In addition, ask students if any of them have a desire to one day become the president, asking about their motivation.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

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

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies