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Presidents Day Lesson

Presidents Day Lesson

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Don't miss out on your opportunity for students to learn more about George Washington and our other Presidents with this fun lesson suitable for elementary or secondary classrooms. Everything you need to build the game along with a lesson is included.
Don't miss out on your opportunity for students to learn more about George Washington and our other Presidents with this fun lesson suitable for elementary or secondary classrooms. Everything you need to build the game along with a lesson is included.

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Published by: TCI on Jan 30, 2011
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P R E S I D E N T S’ D A Y L E S S O N
In oneday
By George!
Why is George Washington 
remembered as the “Father of Our Country?” 
Students play a game to learn about the life andaccomplishments of George Washington and other of our
nation’s chief executives.
Students draw a quick caricature of George Washington and annotate with one detail theyknow about his life or achievements.
In a Response Group, students play a boardgame to learn about the life and achievements of George Washington and discover other presidential trivia.
Students return to their caricature of George Washington and add at least five details theylearned by playing the board game.
In the course of this lesson and participating in theclassroom activity, students will
recall the key events that took place during the life of George Washington.
discuss the importance of George Washington’s actions
on successive administrations.
calculate interest on loans made from the bank during aboard game.
Caricature of GeorgeWashington (included)
Drawing paper for studentsto create a caricature of George Washington.(Alternately: Student can usea website likewww.toondoo.comto createdigital caricatures.)
The board game
 By George!
including directions, board,
rules, banker’s tally,
questions, and die
Createone game for every three tofour students. Directions forcreating the game are on thefirst page of the game.
Important Note: There aretwo versions of questionsprinted for you: Secondaryand Elementary. Be sure tochoose the appropriate onefor your students.
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P r o c e d u r e s
Suggested time: 5-7 minutes
1.Greet students at the door.
drawing paper 
to students as they enter the room.
2.Project a caricature of George Washington.
Challenge students to draw a simple caricature of George Washington similar to the one you areprojecting. Tell the students to annotate their imagewith one detail (fact) they know about Washington.
3.Debrief the drawings.
After three to four minutes,ask the students:
What details do you know aboutGeorge Washington?
Why is it important for us to study theaccomplishments of George Washington?
On what holiday do we celebrate the birth of George Washington?
Though commonly called Presidents’ Day, there is no federal 
holiday by such name. The third Monday in February is set 
aside by law to commemorate Washington’s birthday. Several  states, however, do have a holiday called Presidents’ Day.
Check your state to find out.
Response Group
Suggested time: 20-30 minutes
1.Place students into triads.
Group studentsheterogeneously into triads.
2.Explain the purpose of the activity.
(board game rules) to students and tell themthat this game is intended to give them an opportunityto examine the life, accomplishments, and challengesthat George Washington faced. Explain that whentime is up, you will challenge them to add details totheir caricature.
(Important: You will need to havea board game for each triad. To save time, printeverything students will need for the game andhave the triads cut it out as part of their gameprep.)
Caricature of GeorgeWashington
 By George!
BoardGame Rules
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P r o c e d u r e s
3.Explain the rules.
Review the rules for the boardgame as a class, answering any questions studentshave regarding play.
4.Let students play game.
Allow the students 20minutes of play. Encourage students to begin a secondgame should they finish the first. (Students shouldshuffle trivia cards.)
5.Transition to debrief the game.
After every grouphas been given an opportunity to play at least onegame to completion, tell the students they will nowcomplete a class debrief of what they learned.
6.Project caricature of George Washington.
Ask eachgroup to brainstorm for 30 seconds any new detailsthey learned about George Washington. Tell thegroups to appoint one person who will share onedetail with the rest of the class.
7.Have groups annotate caricature.
Ask each groupto send their spokesperson to the front of the class toannotate the projected caricature using an InteractiveWhite Board or projector.
8.Add any missing important information.
If youfeel that groups left out any important information, besure to add it to the caricature. Ask the students someclosing questions:
What details about George Washington didyou find the most interesting?
What things did you find out about otherpresidents that you did not know beforeplaying the game?
Why is George Washington remembered as
the “Father of Our Country?”
Working with upperelementary students?
Consider allowing players toread all the trivia cards for twoto three minutes before playingthe first time so they will havesome immediate success.
Want to know moreabout ResponseGroups?
To learn more about this lesson
strategy and how to get themost out of it, visitTeacherGenius and viewsubmissions:http://teachergenius.teachtci.com/response-group/ 
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