For Presidents Day and through the year, headbands games are great for ice breakers, warmups, and review! Easy to use as a whole class activity or at a center. While playing a commercial version of this game with our family, from the littlest ones who can’t read yet to grandmas and grandpas, the ease and value of this format just jumped out at me! Why not get your students up and moving around, connecting with each other, while recalling facts about the life and times of our United States Presidents?
There is one card for each of our forty-five U.S. presidents. Each card contains the number of that president, a clip art depiction, years in office, birth and death years, and one fact from his life, career, presidency, or the times he lived in. Students should be able to read the headband cards ahead of time. Why not print a set in grayscale for each student to cut apart and review?
To play, allow enough time for students to move around, ask several questions, take short notes, and finally make (say or write) a guess as to which president is on his/her own card. A fact collection page as well as card backs for notetaking have been added as an opportunity for additional research on the presidents.
Headbands to use for this activity are easy to find or make. Try the dollar store or parent donations for stretchy knit headbands. Students can also make their own custom headbands if you place some strips of construction paper or cardstock at a center. If time allows, they might even try decorating their headbands.
To prepare for this game, just print the pages. I would use cardstock and then laminate if you would like to use this game again in years to come. Cut the cards apart and mix them up. Students draw cards from a face down pile and place in their own headband, facing out.
Included in this resource:
Student direction page (Use as a poster if this is a center activity.)
Suggested question cards so students can gather clues (11 questions in all)
Card backs (for president cards) for students to add additional info
45 headband fact cards in full color and also in grayscale
Question/Response collection page for notetaking and for additional research
Blank cards to add your own questions/facts to the mix!