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President’s Day Activities for First Grade

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President's Day is one of my favorite first grade Social Studies units to teach in February!

I think it is very important for our first grade students to learn about the brave men who have served as United States presidents. 

I think it is important to highlight not only facts about the presidents, but also their contributions to our country.

Here's what first grade students should learn about President's Day: 

  • Identify contributions of historical figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other US Presidents
  • Compare the lives of historical figures who have influenced the state and nation (their daily lives, comparison of timelines and changes made to the economy and politics)

The History of President's Day

President's Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February each year. 

According to History.com

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. 

President's Day Activities for First Grade

Fill in the Blank Activities

We typically do fill in the blank or “Describe the President” activities together as a class. 

These are the activities that we do at the beginning of a unit when students are just learning the new facts about a President. I refer to this as “guided research”. 

Cut and Paste Activities

I love to use cut and paste activities with my students to help review what they have learned about each US President we have studies. 

I think the visual aid of seeing a timeline of the president's contributions is a great tool for first grade students. 

These activities are my favorite because they can be done quickly and do not take up a lot of your classroom time.

 

President's Day for First Grade

All of the printable activities that you saw in this post can be found in my President's Day NO Prep Social Studies Unit for $3 here:

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Kristen Sullins

Kristen Sullins

I am a current Elementary Librarian and
Enrichment Teacher, mother of two, follower of Christ and Texas native. In my own classroom, I love to save time by finding unique ways to integrate writing, social studies and science into all parts of my day. I also love all things organization!

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