President’s Day

President’s Day

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Objective: Helping children understand why we celebrate President’s day and what the USA President does and how he becomes President.

Preparation:

  •  Find drawings or pictures of Presidents, presidential memorials and other patriotic symbols from books, magazines, Internet or old calendars.
  • Various coins and bills that depict presidents.

Lesson:

Discuss while showing pictures:

  • President’s Day is a way to honor all United States presidents. The president is the manager or director of the federal government. The president sees the laws of the land are enforced and obeyed. He promises to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.  The jobs of the President include suggesting a law, approving or vetoing laws, appointing advisers and Supreme Court justices, working on the budget, meeting with his Cabinet and other advisers, making speeches, or responding to national and international crises.
  • Many Presidents have monuments built to remember them. some of the best known are The Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and Mt. Rushmore .
  • Show the children coins and bills featuring the portraits of presidents. Teach them which president is shown on each coin or bill.
  • In the United States, voters across the country exercise their right to vote for their president. Voting is one of the few times when all grown-ups in the U.S. have an equal say. No matter how much money you have or who your friends are, you only get one vote.  Voting is an important part of being a U.S. Citizen. To demonstrate the concept of voting, offer opportunities to make decisions in the classroom with a vote. 

Discussion questions:

  • What activities do you think presidents do everyday?
  • What would you do if you were president?
  • Who are some of the presidents you know?

Possible Activities:

Give each child some dark blue paper and white chalk.  Show them a picture of the White House where the presidents live.  Have them draw the White House with the white chalk.

Take profile pictures of the children.  Adjust them to a black and white image.  Print on card stock.   Draw a circle on the print.  Have each child cut out a coin of themselves. They can write the year, USA, Liberty, and their name on the coin.  (Take these pictures in advance.) 

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