Presidents' Day ELA Lesson Plans: Ready-to-use reading & writing activities

Grade Levels
3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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These engaging Presidents' Day reading and writing activities take the prep out of teaching your students about President's Day in the classroom. With ready-to-use lesson plans for guided reading, independent reading, and writing, your students will be excited to learn more about this holiday and the American leaders it celebrates.

Your download includes:

✔ Presidents Day Student Booklet with listening, reading, & writing activities

✔ Instructional guide w/ suggested text, CCSS objectives, materials, prep, & lessons

✔ Original nonfiction passage about the history of Presidents Day

In this Presidents Day Holiday Language Arts Lesson you'll find:

1) Holiday-themed read aloud and listening comprehension activities

  • Designed to be used with the picture book Duck for President
  • Includes student-friendly graphic organizers & activities focused on character, setting, and plot elements
  • Short answer, sketching, and quick write prompts focused on comprehension
  • Offers students an opportunity to write a short retell or summary of the text

2) An original nonfiction passage about Washington, Lincoln, & Presidents Day

  • Factual information is written with students in mind & includes colorable graphics to illustrate
  • Students complete activities including identifying facts from the text and identifying the meaning of key vocabulary using context clues
  • Includes graphic organizers to help students organize their thinking

3) A holiday-themed quick write

  • Writing prompt targets expository writing and includes three writing pages to allow for differentiation
  • Great for helping students get ideas onto paper when making connections with daily reading

4) Teacher support materials

  • Lesson overview lays out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
  • Quick start materials list & easy (optional) prep steps
  • Lesson outlines for each part of the Language Arts lesson including read-aloud, partner or independent reading, and writing


How this Presidents Day ELA resource works...

▸ Buy the lessons and prep in advance or use it as a last-minute holiday-themed activity! 

▸ The easy-to-follow step-by-step lesson format means it's great for quick prep but can also be used as a last-minute sub-plan for language arts! 

▸ Engaging activities reinforce skills taught in class without overwhelming learners

Here's why teachers love these Holiday Language Arts activities...

♥ I felt like they were doing worthwhile work while celebrating a holiday. -Susan S.

♥ This is a great lesson plan tied to a fun book for students. - Jill R.

♥ This was a really fun activity. I really enjoyed teaching this lesson. - Alycia R.


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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).


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