These resources are based on the Virginia Standards of Learning 2.4
• Christopher Columbus: He led the way for European exploration and colonization of the Americas.
• Benjamin Franklin: He proved that electricity was present in lightning through his kite experiment. He started the first library and the first volunteer fire department in America.
• Abraham Lincoln: He was the president of the United States who helped to free African American slaves.
• George Washington Carver: He was an African American man who studied science and plants. He became a teacher. He developed hundreds of uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans.
• Helen Keller: She overcame her disabilities and worked to help others who were blind and deaf.
• Thurgood Marshall: He was a lawyer who defended people at a time when not all people had equal rights. He was the first African American justice of the United States Supreme Court.
• Rosa Parks: She was an African American woman who refused to give up her seat on a public bus, as was required by law many years ago. She helped to bring about changes in laws and worked so that all people would have equal rights.
• Jackie Robinson: He was the first African American player in the major league of baseball. His actions helped to bring about other opportunities for African Americans.
• Cesar Chavez: He was a Mexican American leader who worked to improve conditions for farm workers.
• Martin Luther King, Jr.: He was an African American minister who worked so that all people would be treated fairly. He led peaceful marches and gave speeches.
Although it is based on VA SOLS, the activities will fit into other state's standards.
Included in the set are:
Pages 3-12 are portraits with corresponding fact sheets about each famous American. It can be printed, cut and half, and laminated. The students would match the portrait with the corresponding fact sheet. This can be completed in whole group, small group, partners, or independent center time.
Pages 13-22 are portraits with blank fact sheets. This can be used as a whole group or independent writing activity. The students will complete the information about the famous American.
Drawing and Writing Activity
Pages 23-32 can be used as a whole group or independent drawing and writing activity. There are a lot of directed drawing activities available on the internet. The student would complete a directed drawing on the left and complete the information about the famous American on the right.
Pages 33 and 34 are Famous American Trading Cards. They would be a great study guide for home or a review activity for the classroom.
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