This unit unit covers BOTH presidents Washington and Lincoln in one unit.
This unit is designed mainly for 2nd graders. However it can be done if, teacher-guided, by 1st graders or breezed through by a typical 3rd grader.
This cloze style booklet helps you be sure your students are reading and following the information by making them fill in KEY WORDS underlined in CAPITALS and in BOLD.
It is designed so students never have to skim back more than one paragraph to make skimming easier for emergent readers.
Major facts about presented about Washington:
1. He was a great general and a great leader and our first president.
2. That he had to fight an expert army - the redcoats from England with an army mainly of "just farmers with guns."
3. That America wanted to be free from a "mean" king.
4. The reading describes in detailed terms how Washington was able to convince poor, freezing hungry Americans to keep on fighting when things looked bleak.
5. It speaks about America's army not being as good as England's forces.
6. It talks about how hard the soldiers had it during their winter at Valley Forge.
7. It reveals the amazing fact that Washington's army would march and, because the soldiers could not pay for new boots, the men left bloody foot prints in the snow. (Some students enjoy this amazing-but-true fact.)
8. It covers how Washington had to set and example as the first president for future presidents.
9. Reviews how Washington preferred to be called the simple "Mr. President" that we still use today and WHY we use that informal term.
10. Stresses that without Washington's abilities as a leader we may not have become the United States of America.
Washington vocabulary: leadership, "your majesty", "your highness", red coats, England.
Facts Presented about Lincoln:
1. That he was our 16th president.
2. Yes he was born in a log cabin.
3. How he learned most things just by reading. (Important for early readers!)
4. How he hated slavery after a trip down the Mississippi river.
5. It explains what a civil war is and why they are even worse than other wars.
6. It stresses how Lincoln did not want the country to be divided in two.
7. It mentions how slaves did all the hard work for farmers.
7. It mentions his speech at Gettysburg and how the Civil War became a war to for the ideas of freedom and equality (fairness) that make America a special nation.
8. It covers how he freed the slaves with the emancipation proclamation
(also spelled phonetically with syllable breaks and explained as "to say you are free"
9. It ends saying that without Lincoln we might now be two countries.
10. There is a map showing the Northern states and the Southern states in different shades of gray.
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Lincoln vocabulary: Legal (allowed), surrender (give-up), battle, Gettysburg, Equality (fairness)
Also..included also ARE:
1. A 17 question multiple choice quiz (with lettered circles to bubble-in)
2. The cover has an original 13 stars and 13 red & white stripes flag for coloring (red &
blue leaving white stripes)
3. There is a word search for key vocabulary.
4. There is a time line for a more formal history lesson.
5. There is a matching section to help students associate each president with their
accomplishments and key events in history.
All text and the test in this unit are copyrighted by Scott Beatty 2012. Reposting or reselling this unit for profit of for free in any format (digital or otherwise) without the written consent of the author is illegal.
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