President's Day Research and Writing

Sorry that this idea is SOOOO last minute! I literally put this whole lesson together on my prep today. I had the idea in my head for the past week, but couldn't ever find the time to put it together. If you still need a way to honor our presidents, you can still do this activity next week.

In this upper grade President's Day activity, students research 3 different presidents (I wanted to make sure everyone didn't choose Washington and Lincoln), decide who they think is the most influential, then type an essay about the president they chose.

Links to websites about presidents:, Social Studies for Kids, Miller Center

I gave my students an hour and 10 minutes for this activity. (If I had more time, I would have separated the assignment into two days: day one - research, day two - writing.) What I liked best about this activity is that it wasn't about the final product, it was more about the learning my students did along the way. 

P.S. Someone asked about good ideas for Black History Month... Here is the same template switched so that students are researching famous black Americans. 

Links to websites about famous black Americans: Fact Monster, Encyclopedia Britannica, Social Studies for Kids


Priscilla said...

Congrats on your win!!!
Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

Ms. Morgart said...

These are wonderful! Thank you so much!!

Alexandra Thiessen said...

Okay, so I'm sure you ladies have already received the Stylish Blogger Award seven million times, but you inspire me so much that I had to give it to you, also!

Thanks for all you do!!!!!

Shannon said...

Thank you for sharing your blog! I am awarding you the Stylish Blogger Award!


Kristen said...

Rachelle and Natalie---you know I must pass on the award as well! I learn so much from your blog each day. Thanks for being ever-inspiring!

Cindy Hutter and Tanya Wildman said...

Thanks for all your awesome ideas! I also awarded you with the Stylish Blogger Award!

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