E-Books to Engage Students in Presidents' Day

Posted by Big Universe on Feb 13, 2014 8:06:49 AM

On the third Monday of February each year, we take time to celebrate present and past presidents on Presidents' Day. Created in honor of George Washington and celebrated just a few days after Abraham Lincoln's birthday, most students only associate Presidents' Day with a long weekend and sales at the mall. Why not help them understand the meaning behind the holiday just a little bit more? George Washington was our nation's first president, and Presidents' Day is just a small reminder of his accomplishments in helping to form the United States of America as we know it today.

Help your students learn and understand more about this great leader with these Big Universe E-Books!

Presidents' Day Reads for Grades 3-5:

George Washington: A Life of Self-discipline1289
by Anne Todd
ISBN: 9781612113043 AR: Book Level 3.8 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 118050 / Interest Level LG

Strong willpower turned a humble farmer named George into the President of the United States. This book introduces children to the self-disciplined life of George Washington.

George Washington
by Sneed B. Collard Iii (author) © 2010
ISBN: 9780761424277 AR: Book Level 8.7 / Points 3.0 / Quiz 116066 / Interest Level MG

2224It’s not easy to find biographies that truly appeal to very young readers. Perhaps it’s because they take a special talent to write! What’s needed is an author who can distill a lot of complicated facts into clear, simple concepts, add a touch of warmth and humor, and create a story that a little kid won’t want to put down. Add to the mix some lovely child-friendly art set in a framework of pastels and that’s Benchmark’s American Heroes. These charming titles, all carefully researched and well documented, will fire the imaginations of young readers and help set them on a lifelong path to learning.

Mount Rushmore
by Susan Koehler © 2009
ISBN: 9781604723441 AR: Book Level 5.6 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 125376 / Interest Level LG

Describes the history of Mount Rushmore, the Presidents depicted on the monument, and why it is a popular national landmark and symbol.

Early America: George Washington
by Christi E. Parker1365

George Washington helped form the United States into what it is today by making wise decisions. After becoming a war hero in the French and Indian War, he went on to lead a fight against the British in the American Revolution. He continued his legacy by becoming the first president of the United States.

Presidents' Day Reads for Grades 6-8:

U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights
by Charles E. Pederson (author) © 2010
ISBN: 9781617851896 AR: / Points 3.0

3649This title examines an important historic event, the making of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Readers will learn about the events leading up to the making of these historic documents, including European settlement in America and the Revolutionary War. Covered in detail are the First Continental Congress, the Connecticut Compromise, the Constitutional Convention, the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the first presidential election. Key players, such as George Washington, James Madison, Edmund Randolph, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin are included. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

Presidents' Day Reads for High School:

George Washington
by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2008
ISBN: 9781602915862380-1

Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge—bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.

Presidents' Day in the Classroom

Invite students to read about George Washington and celebrate his life and accomplishments through these e-books. How do you plan to incorporate these titles into your curriculum?

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