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Mr. President

Sandi King
Beacon Learning Center (Bay District Schools)

Description

Who is the man on the penny? Are there people on other pieces of our money, too? What is a president? Students learn to identify and know the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter as they explore four of our presidents. They will listen to, view, and discuss George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, their presidencies and memorials including their images on various coins as they learn about money. Students also count to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s as they learn the value of various coins. This unit integrates social studies, math, and reading.

NOTE: This unit should be taught after the 100th day of school and is most appropriate during the celebration of Presidents' Day, the third Monday in February.

Questions

Who are the people on the coins in my pocket?
How can I count the value of the coins in my pocket?

Duration

The planned duration of this activity is 9 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Diagnostic Assessment (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment 1 (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment 2 (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment 3 (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Student Web Resources (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

Counting to One Hundred
Counting to one hundred is a major achievement for kindergarteners. In this lesson, students refine their oral counting skills using a hundreds chart and pennies as manipluatives.

A Day for Our Presidents
No school on Monday! It is a national holiday. Do students understand the meaning and history of our national holidays? Students are invited to listen to, view, and discuss Presidents' Day, the national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.

A Penny for Abe
What do you know about Abraham Lincoln? Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tribute to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a penny.

Washington and the Quarter
Why is George Washington called the Father of our Country? Learn about the life of this president, his monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students also learn the attributes of a quarter.

Franklin Roosevelt and the Dime
How many terms can a president serve? Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms. Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a dime.

Jefferson on a Nickel
Who wrote our Declaration of Independence? Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, was the main writer. Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a nickel.

Penny, Nickel, Dime
What do you know about money? Using coins, students recognize and compare the value of pennies, nickels, and dimes. Counting skills are reviewed as students count pennies, nickels, and dimes.

Count by Fives
Counting by fives can be a challenge. This lesson gives students an opportunity to explore counting by fives in a variety of activities including using a hundreds chart and manipulatives.

Web Links

Students identify, know the value of, and compare the values of a penny, nickel, and dime.
Coins for Candy

Come discover Christopher’s big surprise as we learn about Columbus Day. Audio is available.
Columbus and the Big Surprise

Learn about George Washington’s birthday and how it became known as Presidents’ Day. Audio is available.
Happy Birthday Mr. President

Explore Abraham Lincoln’s presidency as he comes to life to help with a problem. Audio is available.
A Problem, a Penny, and a President

Discover why George Washington is called “the father of our country.” Audio is available.
Father of Our Country

Travel back in time to meet Thomas Jefferson as he participates in writing the Declaration of Independence and becomes president. Audio is available.
Jefferson’s Powerful Pen

Follow the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this poetic verse as we learn that we can be anything we want to be. Audio is available.
A Real Hero

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