In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about the president. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. President topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About The President
Have your students write a letter to the president. What questions would they like to ask? What problems do they want to bring up? What ideas do they have about solving problems or addressing different issues? You may want to review how to write a business letter before they begin. You can mail the letters to: The White House,1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20500.
President for a Day
Have your students imagine being president for a day? What would he or she do? What kind of decisions would he or she make? Review the responsibilities of the president and have your students write an essay or a diary entry about what they would do if they were president.
Put the names of different presidents in a hat or box and have your students draw a name. Student can research their picked president and create a profile. Students may wish to create a mini-biography about their president, dress up and give a memorable speech made by their president, create a poster, or reenact a scene. Encourage your students to be creative. Then have students share their presentations with the whole class.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About The President
Together with your child, create a timeline of when different family members were born. Then have him or her research to find out who was president at the time. Your child can then learn about major milestones during the presidency and the relative’s lifetime and mark them on the timeline. As more relatives are born and more presidents are elected, your child can add to his or her timeline.
Who’s on the Money?
As a math connection, present different coins and bills to your child. Name the value of each coin or bill and examine each closely. Look at the heads and have your child name the president or leader pictured. Then research online and find out the importance of each person pictured on the coin or bill.