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):
The illustrations and text are right on target for primary grades.
And the informational text features of these biographies make them perfect for examining!
Presidents Day Biography Study Lesson Plans: Studying Biographical Timelines
Timelines are helpful text features for organizing our thinking around a person’s life.
We then created our own timelines. Students work together to recall the text details to create a timeline of each of the presidents.
Then they created their own individual timeline for the presidential report.
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.
As a support, we created these schema charts. The students use these charts when they write their own presidential biography.
We have a fun craft to serve as a stand-alone activity or as the cover of their book.
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.)
To help add context to the historical times, we compare life back then to how life is today.
We also include in each weekly plan:
- Table of Contents
- Pages of text about the president
- Timeline (as pictured above)
Not to be left behind, here is Abraham Lincoln.
Here is a close-up of the sentence study.
You can find these activities in the following unit: Presidents Day Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Unit
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