Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic George Washington, and supports the standard of recognizing the contributions of the Founding Fathers. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of a dollar bill:

Ask students:

  • Why do you think George Washington is pictured on the one dollar bill?  
  • Why do you think they call George Washington the “father” of the United States? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the George Washington topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Laws and Customs,” “Myths,” or “Trivia.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about George Washington while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce an interview with George Washington about his presidency, and his thoughts about his own legacy. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Analyze the events and factors that led Washington to be the first president of the United States. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing the precedents Washington set for the role of the president of the United States. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the George Washington Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the George Washington Quiz.  

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Time Zone X: George Washington:  Challenge players to put historical events in chronological order in this interactive timeline game.

Sortify: American Revolution: ​​Challenge players to sort facts by attributes, such as military heroes, Declaration of Independence signers, and more. 

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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