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.
Phyllis at All Things Beautiful says
This is wonderful and a much better job teaching about the presidents than I do! Just to let you know the Meme featuring you and your blog is up (yes, a day early.)
My five year old always uses only one color. He loves to draw, but he looks at me like I have two heads when I suggest using more colors, lol.
That’s about what Batman does, it cracks me up too.
maryanne @ mama smiles says
I wish I had had you as a history teacher. I was out of college and well into grad school before I realized how interesting it could be!
Wow, I have NO idea what you are talking about 🙂 We have Smart About Presidents book, and I learned some names I have never heard before. I love your open-ended ideas – wish Anna could be in your “school” for a little bit.