President Lincoln

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Objective:  Students will learn about President Lincoln and what he did for their country.

Materials Needed:

  • Green tissue paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Blue construction paper
  • Cardboard with one layer removed exposing the corrugated layer (or purchase corrugated paper from a scrapbook supply store)
  • Cotton balls
  • Find drawings or pictures of Abraham Lincoln from books, magazines, internet or old calendars.

Preparation:

Remove the outer panel of corrugated cardboard or purchase the corrugated sheets.

Cut the following shapes from the cardboardDIAGRAM:

  • 2 ½” square (A) [cabin wall]
  • 2 ½” equilateral triangle ( C) [cabin gable]
  • 2 ½” x 4” rectangle (B) [cabin wall]
  • 2 ½” x 4” parallelogram (D)[cabin roof]
  • Cut from brown construction paper
  • 1 ½” square [chimney]
  • 1 ½” x 5” rectangle [tree trunk]
  • 1 ½” x 12” [ground] write “Abraham Lincoln’s Cabin” across
  • Cut many 1” squares from green tissue paper or crêpe paper
  • Cotton balls for clouds.

Suggested books:

  • A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David A. Adler, John Walner, and Alexandra Wallner
  • Abe Lincoln: The Young Years by Keith Brandt
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen B. Winnick

Lesson:

Read a selected book then discuss President Lincoln.  

  • Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches tall.
  • As a young man, Lincoln taught himself to be a lawyer.
  • The Civil War began six weeks after Lincoln took office.
  • When Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in early 1863, it freed slaves from the Confederate states. By the end of the Civil War, over six hundred thousand Americans died.
  • He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth just 5 days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered the South to the Union.
  • His profile can be found on the U.S. penny as well as the 5 dollar bill.
  • Lincoln hid his mail, bankbook and important papers in his stovepipe hat.

Activity: Cardboard Cabin

  • Give each child a piece of blue construction paper
  • Have them proceed with the following steps:
  • Glue the “ground” to the bottom of the paper.
  • glue the cardboard onto the blue paper to make the cabin. (This is a good opportunity to review shapes).
  • Glue the chimney on top of the roof
  • Glue the tree trunk next to the cabin so that it touches the ground.
  • Make leaves on the tree by wrapping tissue paper squares on the end of a pencil then dipping it in glue and sticking the tissue paper onto the blue paper, then moving the pencil.  Repeat with about 10-15 squares until the top of the tree looks good.
  • Stretch out cotton balls and glue it on to the blue paper to make clouds.
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