The President's Day Literacy Set is a 71 page set filled with Common Core reading and writing activities that are perfect for 4th and 5th graders. There are worksheets that target Reading Informational Text with Charts and Graphs, Main Idea, Point of View Using Informational Text, Reasons and Evidence, Inferences Using Informational Text, Summary, and Character Traits. There are also32 synonym-antonym task cards, two different Opinion Piece writing activities, 2 different poetry pages, a President's Day Craftivity, foldables and more! This unit is packed with lots of learning and definitely lots of fun!
Specifically it includes:
Reading Informational Text with Charts and Graphs: 2 Timelines – One each for Lincoln and Washington (and keys)
Main Idea: Mt. Rushmore (double sided worksheet and key)
Point of View Using Informational Text: Lincoln's Assassination (double sided worksheet and key)
Reasons and Evidence: The History of Pennies (double sided worksheet and key)
Inferences Using Informational Text: George Washington's Life (double sided worksheet and key)
Inferences Using Informational Text: Abraham Lincoln's Life (double sided worksheet and key)
Summary: Mr. Lincoln's Beard (double sided worksheet and key)
Character Traits: George Washington and General Howe's Dog (double sided worksheet and key)
32 Synonym-Antonym Task Cards
Venn Diagram to Compare the Presidents
Opinion Piece Outlines:
Should the United States Stop Using Pennies?
Which President was the Most Important?
Opinion Piece Student Checklist
Figurative Language: Penny Idioms (double sided worksheet and key)
Pyramid Poem: Directions and Example Page
Pyramid Poem Writing Page
Shape Poem Directions and Examples Page
Shape Poem Writing Page
Foldable about Washington's Life
Foldable about Lincoln's Life
Happy President's Day Craftivity: Template and Directions (five pages each with two different versions)
I absolutely love this unit because it is Common Core based but really teaches the kids so much about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln at the same time. With so many things to teach and time always such an issue in the classroom, it's a great way to combine social studies lessons as well as reading and writing skills. The bonus is that the materials are engaging and sure to interest your students…For example, who wouldn't want to learn about the history of pennies? Or when Washington found a stray dog on the battlefield? Or when Lincoln got a letter from an 11 year old telling him that he'd look better with a beard! Lots of fun!
The worksheets are the heart of this unit and contain so much information about these presidents, their roles and their lives. Each one is a true American hero and it is so important that our students know about these leaders.
The 32 task cards have information about lots of different presidents. One word is underlined on each card and then students write one antonym and one synonym for that word on their record sheet. Fun facts!
The "Should the United States Stop Using Pennies?" and the "Which President was the Most Important?" opinion pieces are great persuasive writing activities and the opinion piece checklist will help guide your students to better opinion piece essays.
Poetry is always a great way to incorporate writing throughout the year. The pyramid poem is perfect to use to write about either Washington or Lincoln or any president for that matter. The directions and example page will help your students complete this poem successfully. The Shape Poem is in a star shape and kids can write either inside the star or around it. This would be perfect at the end of the unit, when kids know a lot of information about the presidents.
If you do Interactive Notebooks, the foldables might be interesting to you. One is about the different parts of Washington's life and the other is about Lincoln's life.
The President's Day craftivity comes in two different versions. Each one is a mobile but one has pictures of the two presidents included, along with a flag and the other is more open ended to allow your students to draw their own. These will look great either hanging from the ceiling or attached to a wall in your classroom.
Can you tell I'm excited about this unit? I really hope you enjoy this literacy set as much as I have, and that you find it helpful in your classroom.
If you're looking for more Common Core materials, please check these out:
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core
Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Characters, Settings, and Events: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
Compare and Contrast and More: Stories, Myths and Traditional Literature: Common Core
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