Informative and engaging science activities for President's Day (or any time of year)! Integrate health and science with US History by studying diseases of US Presidents.
Learn about the diseases that plagued 14 of the United States Presidents. Engage your students with literacy activities, a class debate, problem-based learning activities and research investigation.
Product includes 12 readings with worksheets, a class debate activity, 4 problem-based learning activities (ANSWER KEY INCLUDED) and 5 research investigations.
Reading Activities and Worksheets
William Henry Harrison: Pneumonia…3-4
Ulysses S. Grant: Throat Cancer…5-6
Grover Cleveland: Gout…7-8
Theodore Roosevelt: Asthma…9-10
William Howard Taft: Obesity…11-12
Woodrow Wilson: Stroke…13-14
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Polio…15-16
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Crohn’s disease…17-18
John F. Kennedy: Addison’s disease…19-20
Ronald Reagan: Alzheimer's disease…21-22
George HW Bush: Grave’s disease…23-24
Bill Clinton: Heart Disease…25-26
Presidential Health Debate
Did Lincoln have Marfan Syndrome? Health Debate...27-29 space
Background Information and Directions…30
Investigation #1: A Sore Throat…31
Investigation #2: A Relapsing Fever…32
Investigation #3: A Scarring Mark…33
Investigation #4: A Need for “Fresh Air”…34
Notes to Teacher…36
What is the difference between the flu, cold and pneumonia?...37
What diseases can result from drinking and smoking?...38-39
Which president would most likely have survived his disease today?...40-41
Which president overcame the greatest health adversity?...42-43
Why would the president want to keep his health problems private or secret?…44-45
Teacher Notes includes the Flesch-Kincaid Score for each reading. The score varies between 7.1 and 8.9 which converts to a CC reading band of 4th grade to 10th grade. Please view the preview for a complete breakdown of reading difficulty.