Washington and Lincoln


The lesson introduces young students to the Wright Brothers, early flight, and shows how the two men did not give up even after several failed attempts at flight.  Often, students feel that failure is a reason to give up, but the lesson is a hopeful reminder that with effort and hard work, like the Wright Brothers displayed, everyone’s dream is possible.  The lesson may be adapted for older students as well.  The use of actual video of the Wright Brothers flight is available in the resources, and it is recommended students get the opportunity to view it.

Washington and Lincoln Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Washington and Lincoln
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson introduces students to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, highlighting their strengths and also comparing them.  It is also useful for a lesson on or near President’s Day.  Nearly every student has heard of both Presidents, but many of them may not know much about them.  The lesson would also be helpful as an introduction to all of the U.S. Presidents, or as a companion lesson to learning the role of the President in the U.S. 

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Distribute the coins and/or bills to the students in groups of two or three.  Ask students:  What do the coins and/or bills have in common?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.  There will be a variety of responses, but the answer needed:  Pictures of Presidents on them.
  3. Ask students if they have heard the names Lincoln and Washington in the past. 
  4. Allow for responses and discussion.  Some may include the state, D.C., towns, streets, bridges, etc.  (there may be a street, building, school in the town named for one of the Presidents.)
  5. Distribute Washington and Lincoln content pages.  Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources for further information and facts about Lincoln and Washington.
  6. Distribute Activity page and colored pencils.  Give students sufficient time to color the pictures.
  7. Distribute Practice page.  You may also work on the practice page as a class assignment together.  Check and review the students’ responses. 
  8. Distribute the Homework page.  The next day, allow volunteers to share their drawings from the coins.  Review the names of the monuments and remind students where the monuments are located.
  9. In closing, ask students which President is their favorite and why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

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

Additional Resources:

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Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Social Studies

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