Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln!

President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is remembered each year in February. Many states, including Tennessee, combine Lincoln’s birthday with President George Washington’s and celebrate Presidents’ Day. On Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday, students do not go to school. This lesson will help students understand why they are out of school for Presidents’ Day.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
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Explain the importance of patriotic traditions, including the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, appropriate behavior during the playing of our National Anthem, and...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.4
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4
Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7
Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.8
Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
GLE 0101.1.2
Employ a variety of strategies to decode words and expand vocabulary.
GLE 0101.2.1
Develop critical listening skills essential for comprehension, problem solving, and task completion.
GLE 0101.2.2
Develop critical speaking skills essential for effective communication.
GLE 0101.6.2
Identify the main ideas and supporting details of informational text.
GLE 0101.6.3
Recognize that a variety of graphics can support informational text.
GLE 0101.8.2
Employ a variety of basic reading comprehension strategies.
GLE 0101.8.3
Develop reading fluency and accuracy.
TSS.ELA.1.FL.F.5
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
TSS.ELA.1.RI.IKI.7
Either orally or in writing when appropriate, use the illustrations and words in a text to describe its key ideas.
TSS.ELA.1.RI.KID.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
TSS.ELA.1.RI.KID.2
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
TSS.ELA.1.RL.IKI.7
Either orally or in writing when appropriate, use illustrations and words in a text to describe its characters, setting, or events.
TSS.ELA.1.RL.KID.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
TSS.ELA.1.RL.KID.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
TSS.ELA.1.SL.CC.1
Participate with varied peers and adults in collaborative conversations in small or large groups about appropriate 1st grade topics and texts.
TSS.ELA.1.SL.CC.2
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
TSS.ELA.1.SL.PKI.4
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Upon completion of the lesson students will be able to identify age-appropriate, key details about Lincoln’s personal life and public accomplishments.

Essential and guiding questions: 

Who was Abraham Lincoln and why do we celebrate his birthday?

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Applying
Extension suggestions: 

To extend the lesson, provide links to the online book about Abraham Lincoln and the Web sites listed in this lesson on your teacher Web site for students to review at home with their parents. You may also want to include a link to a coloring page about Lincoln.

Helpful Hints

MATERIALS USED:

  • Graphic organizer
  • Crayons and/or pencils
  • Computer with Internet access and projector
  • Whiteboard and dry-erase marker OR Word document that can be projected with the words “Who, What, When, Where, Why” on it.