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President’s Day Biography Unit of Study

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans: Reading Informational Texts

National Geographic has some pretty awesome biographies that are perfect for a biography unit of study!  Here are the books we used (affiliate link):

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

The illustrations and text are right on target for primary grades.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

And the informational text features of these biographies make them perfect for examining!

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too! Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans: Studying Biographical Timelines

Timelines are helpful text features for organizing our thinking around a person’s life.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

We then created our own timelines.  Students work together to recall the text details to create a timeline of each of the presidents.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Then they created their own individual timeline for the presidential report. Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans Unit of Study

Just like our other reading comprehension units, we have created 5 days of detailed lesson plans for each book.  There are response options for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

As a support, we created these schema charts.  The students use these charts when they write their own presidential biography.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too! Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Writing Biographies

We have a fun craft to serve as a stand-alone activity or as the cover of their book.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Inside, the students will construct their biography.  We also do a sentence study (which you can see on the left-handed side of the picture below.) Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

To help add context to the historical times, we compare life back then to how life is today.

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

We also include in each weekly plan:

  • Table of Contents
  • Pages of text about the president
  • Timeline (as pictured above)
  • Glossary

Not to be left behind, here is Abraham Lincoln. Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

Here is a close-up of the sentence study.   Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans! Students will love learning about informational text features as they read and write about President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Close reading questions for deep comprehension, anchor charts, timelines, sentence study, and President's Day Craft too!

You can find these activities in the following unit:  Presidents Day Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Unit

 

You may also be interested in these blog posts about President’s Day and Interactive Read Aloud Lessons:

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My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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6 Responses

  1. In the first photograph of the President’s Day Biography Unit, you have a couple of things on rings to go with each book. What are those?

    1. Those are text questions… so they are a variety of questions you could pose to your students to invite conversation.

  2. For the timeline. Do you have a clear plastic so students can arrange the cards? How do you make it? I have your Guiding Readers and have always wondered how you do the retell and what you have the students display it in. Thank you!

    1. Hi Molly!

      I made a master strip (I guess is what I will call it). I used bulletin board paper, then I laminated it. Students just taped the retelling (or timeline) cards in order. I hope that helps.

  3. In the first photograph of the President’s Day Biography Unit, you have a couple of things on rings to go with each book. What are those?

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