Lincoln's Birthday: February 12th
by Christine Gorman, Judie Haynes
Introduce the concepts of slavery and the Civil War when studying this famous American President.
Grades 3-6 High Beginning to Advanced students
Social Studies concepts
Gr. 2-4: What kind of man was Lincoln? What did he do as president?
Gr 5-8: Slavery, freedom, rights
Grades 5-8: Kentucky, President, debate, slavery (slaves), “Emancipation Proclamation;” secede, Confederacy, Civil War, prejudice, lawyer, rights, freedom.
Grades 2-4: “sense of humor ” honest, “Honest Abe”, lawyer, read.
Books about Abraham Lincoln which are appropriate to age of students. Internet resources on Lincoln; Explore America , level 7
Information should be related to student’s background knowledge. In order to do this the teacher can have students research with their families what was happening in their native country in 1860 to place events in a time sequence. To link information about concepts to prior knowledge teachers can review information which students have studied about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Instructional SequenceGrades 5-6
1. Advanced Beginners read Abraham Lincoln, President of a Divided Country More advanced students completed a reading about Abraham Lincoln on Enchanted Learning.com . Students in grades 2-3 read “Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books” by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter. Fourth graders read Abe Lincoln’s Hat.
2. Locate the Civil War on a timeline. Help students understand that the Civil War happened 100 years before Martin Luther King’s fight for racial equality.
3. Brainstorm with your class: What is a bully? Do you know someone who is not being treated well? Draw a picture to show the problem. Have you ever helped protect someone who was being bullied? How can that person stand up for themselves? Have students act out a situation where one person is being bullied. What is a peaceful solution? Use one of the ideas from their list for your dramatization.
4. Fourth grade students will decide what they would keep in Abe Lincoln’s hat and write about it. The writings can be put on an outline of a stovepipe hat. Second and third grade students might do the same activity except the book would need to be read to them. Students with limited language proficiency could draw a picture of their idea.
5. Show on a map what the United States looked like in 1860. Have students color the Southern and the Northern States different colors.
6. Download our PDF file Lincoln Sequencing Activity and have students sequence the events of Lincoln’s life. Beginning students can be given the sequence activity with only 4 items to sequence.
7. If students in Grades 5-8 have difficulty with the concepts of discrimination and slavery, it is necessary to build background knowledge and relate the concept to their own lives.
8. Download our PDF file Lincoln Question & Answer Activity.
9.Give students a word bank. Have them complete a cloze activity, Lincoln Cloze Activity.
10. Have more advance students complete our Abraham Lincoln Web.
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