Everything a Teacher Needs To Celebrate the Presidents

Below you will find a mini unit/ theme on President's Day. This is an important holiday and a time to honor our leaders. This is also a great way to introduce American History into your classroom. We have included printables, links, book ideas, and a few tips to help you plan activities!

Updated - Feb 2011


Our Presidents

Our presidents, our presidents,
We honor them today.
Our presidents, our presidents,
We honor them today.
Remembering presidents of the past,
And honoring him who serves today.
Our presidents, our presidents,
We honor them today.

~Author Unknown

Funny Things Presidents Have Said

Chances are you won't use these with your class. Just thought you might enjoy!
Even Presidents say funny things or make mistakes.

"I only know two tunes: one of them is 'Yankee Doodle' and the other isn't."
Ulysses S. Grant.

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."
Theodore Roosevelt.

"I want to make sure everybody who has a job wants a job"
George Bush, during his first Presidential campaign

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind-or not to have a mind. How true that is."
Dan Quayle addressing the United Negro College Fund

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Members of the Teaching Heart Mailring shared a few ideas. Thanks to those wonderful teachers!

On President's Day, I get out the chart paper and have my kindergarteners write to the president. Each year they have new and surprising things to tell him and to ask him. Then we mail it to the White House. It takes 6-8 weeks to get a reply, but your class will get a packet back from the president. The packet includes stickers that say "I wrote to the President and he wrote back." and a booklet about all the Presidents and one about the history of the White House. And posters and pictures and a form letter(he doesn't actually answer your letter). It's really cool and the kids get so excited when they recieve it and parents are always amazed.Valérie

What a great idea. I did a search for the address and came up with this:

Write a Letter to the President

Students will write a letter or send an email to the president of the United States.
Students will express their opinions on current issues in a letter.

Mail Address:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Email Form:
Please fax children's letters and mail to: 202-456-7705

Encourage students to share their ideas on what the president should set as goals for his term in office. Keep notes on the board of the major topics discussed. Tell students to write a letter or send an email to the president (see addresses above) detailing their ideas. After editing the students' work, send off the letters or emails. I got this from the kids Whitehouse site found at

Thanks for sharing this idea. Colleen

I have been doing this with my third graders for about twenty years. When I first began, during the Reagan administration, all the kids received their
own copies of the White House booklets. Although those days are gone, it's still exciting when that package arrives from the White House. Last year I gave my kids a choice of writing to President Bush or First Lady Laura Bush and we also received information from her office. Your kids will love it!

I try to replicate the Underground Railroad.I borrow the gym and turn the lights off.  I have paper houses glued to the walls with quilts with clues on them.  This tells them what safe house to go to next.  I give them flashlights to read the clues.  I make them go barefoot.  I get the gym teacher to beat a tom-tom.  A regular beat means everything's okay.  When the beat gets rapid, they must rush to the nearest safe house without going through the center circle in the gym where the bounty hunters are. Dianne

For Creative Writing

If I Were President...
If I could meet one US President it would be...
Why I think being a President of the US would be fun...
A president's job...

Favorite Books To Help You Share On President's Day With Your Class

Presidents' Day & MLK, Jr. Day Unit

A must have resource filled with many printables.
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Presidents Day (Best Holiday Books)

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Presidents' Day (National Holidays)

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Let's Celebrate Presidents' Day

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Presidents' Day (First Step Nonfiction)

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So You Want to Be President? (Caldecott Medal Book, 2001)

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Washington and Lincoln Resources


Abraham Lincoln for Primary Children
Find out what Mrs. Payton's class knows about Abe

Lincoln Slide Puzzle


My Favorite Books About Lincoln

Some of my favorite poems and activities!

Mr. Lincoln by Helen H. Moore

You know Mr. Lincoln-

no fancy clothes for him:

A stovepipe hat, a wrinkled coat,

and whiskers on his chin.

You know Mr. Lincoln-

His face is on the penny.

In life, that face was lined with care,

for troubles, he had many.

That brave Mr. Lincoln

said slavery was wrong.

He led us through the Cilvil War,

and kept our country strong.

That humble Mr. Lincoln,

had in him something grand- that helped raise him from poverty

to lead our mighty land.

Rub a Penny Idea

Have students write this poem on paper. Have them leave a space at the top for a rubbing.

Abraham Lincoln, honest and true,Was honored and loved by many.And so to honor this president,We put his head on a penny.

Give each student a penny and have them put it underneath the paper
and make pencil rubbings of it.

Another fun thing to share with your students using pennies:

Give each student a penny and magnifying glass. Have them find lincoln on the backside of the Penny. What is he doing? Where is he sitting?

They will be thrilled to find Lincoln sitting in the Lincoln Memorial!

Lincoln Log Meatloaf
Serves 8

1 1/2 lb Ground beef
1 1/2 c Soft bread crumbs 2 T Instant minced onions
1/2 t Margarine, crumbled
1/4 t Pepper
1 Egg lightly beaten
2/3 c Milk
8 slices Sharp cheese
6 Servings of prepared instant-mashed potatoes
1 T Butter
1 t Onion salt
2 Egg yolks
1/4 c Milk

Mix together beef, bread crumbs, onion, margarine and salt and pepper.
Beat egg until bubbly. Add 2/3 cups milk to meat mixture and mix gently but thoroughly. Shape into 9x12" rectangle on wax paper. Using paper to lift meat, roll into 9" cylinder. Place on a shallow pan and bake at 350'F. for 45 minutes. Prepare instant potatoes. Add butter, onions and salt to potatoes. Beat egg yolks. Add milk to potatoes. Take meat loaf out of oven and frost with mashed potatoes. Return to oven 10 minutes longer. Place cheese on top and put under broiler until cheese melts.

This was sent in by Beth Miller

Have each child trace from their elbow down on black paper. The hand becomes Abe's beard and the arm his hat. Cut a brim from black construction paper and a face from the white paper. Glue the face on where the hat ends and then the brim. Decorate with markers.

Sent in by Dona Boretos

**Click Here to Print the Graph To Use With This Activity**

For Lincoln's Birthday, make a graph with 2 columns, heads and tails. Give each child a penny and let them toss it. they will record by coloring a square each time the penny lands on a tails or a heads. the first column that fills up is the winner. The child can even make a prediction as to which column will fill up first.

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George Washington Lives! -- On the Internet!

Washington Slide Puzzle

George Washington by Helen H. Moore

Everybody knows the story of the cherry tree-

His father asked, "Who cut this down?"

And young George answered, "Me!"

Now that's a pretty story, but

Between just me and you,

I don't think George would like it, 'cause,

It's probably not true!

There are a lot of other things George Washington did do:

Like making maps, and farming, and he was a soldier, too!

He was our country's president, the very first we had.

Yet what do we remember? That old tree of George's dad!

Washington's Cherry Pounder
Serves 16

1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (8 serving size) Cherry Flavored Gelatin 1-1/2 cups cold water
1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling
1 pkg. (12 oz.) pound cake, cut into 10 slices
1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed

STIR boiling water into gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water and cherry pie filling. Refrigerate about 1-1/4 hours or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).
LINE bottom of 13x9-inch dish with pound cake slices. Spoon gelatin mixture over cake.
REFRIGERATE 2 hours or until firm. Just before serving, spread whipped topping over gelatin mixture. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Sent in by Beth Miller

Various Links To Great Sites & Resources!

Alphabet Soup
Great Ideas alond with some Printable Coloring Pages

Who is That? - Can you identify these presidential portraits with just one clue?

Lots of Great Printables and Crafts!!!  


The Three Sheets Above are found on:

January Through June Primary Teacher Time Saver CDROM
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Below is a free sheet from the CDROM. You can Click Here to download.

Washington or Lincoln Activity

2 President Activities

US States Word Search

Print a Word Search of the US Presidents

Enchanted Learning's Kindercrafts
Make a necklace or easy log cabin

Worksheet: Comparison Washington & Lincoln

ABC TEACH has Many Printables

January Through June Primary Teacher Time Saver CDROM
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Abe Lincoln Activity Sheet

Graphing Heads and Tails From Teaching Heart

President's Day Tic Toe Finally in First Shares a Making Words Activity

Index of Holidays
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