After President Lincoln and Johnson, you get Grant. He’s a likable guy, but wasn’t the best president. He’s mainly remembered for all of the scandals that happened during his presidency. He was not a man suited for political office. He was a man suited for military life.
But then comes a long string of presidents who are rather forgettable. There’s not anything major that happens to them, and a couple of them were one term presidents.
In honor of the election that’s been going on they created a poster for the president trying to persuade you he was the best president and why he should be remembered.
So, I read to them from our Early American Reader collection from Heritage History and as I read they drew their pictures (if you use the coupon code on the right you can get a free copy of this when you buy any curriculum from them, SCORE!).
They were told to write one sentence and then draw a picture with lots of detail in it. I usually tell them to include at least three colors, because otherwise Batman will just leave it all one color. That day I didn’t, and I’m kinda glad because I love how Batman’s picture came out.
Isn’t it cool? He can give you a 5 minute explanation about all of it. There’s servants, the president is sleeping in bed, a kitchen with food being cooked, stairs. I love it.
After everyone was done I hung them up and we were going to have Jeff vote on them impartially, but that was messed up by 3 kids proudly telling which project was theirs.
All in all, it really helped them to remember the Gilded Age Presidents, which I have to admit I get mixed up sometimes too. It’s not a perfect recall, but they all remember something about them.
I’m gonna link this up over at All Things Beautiful tomorrow for her history linkie.