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Presidents Day Unit Study

Updated on June 1, 2016
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

Looking for fun worksheets, books, YouTube clips, DVD's, timelines, and recipe ideas for teaching and/or learning about the US Presidents? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on the Presidents, look no further!

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A New Nation: Washington to Madison

1784-1819

Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Purchase | Source

President George Washington - Here you will find my favorite YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about our first President of the United States, George Washington.

President John Adams - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our second President of the United States, John Adams.

President Thomas Jefferson - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our third President of the United States, President Thomas Jefferson.

President James Madison - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our fourth President of the United States, James Madison.

A Growing Nation: Monroe to Taylor

1820-1849

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson | Source

President James Monroe - Here you will find great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about our fifth President of the United States, James Monroe.

President John Quincy Adams - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams.

President Andrew Jackson - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson.

President Martin Van Buren - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren.

President William Henry Harrison - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about the man who was President for only 30 days, our ninth President of the United States, President William Henry Harrison.

President John Tyler - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our tenth President of the United States, John Tyler.

President James K. Polk - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our eleventh President of the United States, James Knox Polk.

President Zachary Taylor - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about the President who fell ill and died after attending a Fourth of July celebration, our twelfth President of the United States, Zachary Taylor.

A Nation Divides: Fillmore to Johnson

1850-1869

American Civil War/War Between the States
American Civil War/War Between the States | Source

President Millard Fillmore - Are you looking for great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about the President who held off the Civil War, our thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore? Here you will find my favorite picks we used while studying the individual Presidents of the United States.

President Franklin Pierce - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about the first President to have a Christmas tree in the White House, our fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce.

President James Buchanan - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our fifteenth President of the United States, James Buchanan.

President Abraham Lincoln - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about our sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

President Andrew Johnson - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about the man who was supposed to also get assassinated the same night at President Lincoln, our seventeenth President of the United States, Andrew Johnson.

Industry & Reform: Grant to Taft

1870-1916

The Beginnings of Industrialization in America Image source: http://cdaworldhistory.wikidot.com/the-beginnings-of-industrialization
The Beginnings of Industrialization in America Image source: http://cdaworldhistory.wikidot.com/the-beginnings-of-industrialization

President Ulysses S. Grant - Are you looking for great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about our eighteenth President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant? Here you will find my favorite picks we used while studying the individual Presidents of the United States.

President Rutherford B. Hayes - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about the President who lost the popular vote but won only by the electoral college votes, our nineteenth President of the United States, President Rutherford B. Hayes.

President James A. Garfield - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about the man who was President for only 200 days, our twentieth President of the United States, James A. Garfield.

President Chester A. Arthur - Here you will find my favorite resources for teaching and/or learning about the Gentleman Boss, our twenty-first President of the United States, Chester A. Arthur.

President Grover Cleveland - Did you know President Grover Cleveland fathered an illegitimate child, hung 2 criminals while serving as sheriff, and was nicknamed "the buxom Buffalonian"? Find out more about the President who appears on our $1,000 by checking out my favorite YouTube video clips, books, recipes, and free worksheets and lapbooks all on our twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States, Grover Cleveland.


The Hall of Presidents
The Hall of Presidents | Source

Our Favorite Children's Books on the Presidents and the Election Process

Our Favorite Books Covering All the Presidents

The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States
The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States

This was our favorite picture book overview of each of the Presidents. It has a short rhyme that goes through all the Presidents, adding a brief snippet about each President. Each page features a nice illustration of the President with important dates and events. This book is perfect for reading aloud to a group!

 
Yo Millard Fillmore!: (And all those other Presidents you don't know)
Yo Millard Fillmore!: (And all those other Presidents you don't know)

This provides a fun way to remember each President in order by providing a silly illustration to remind you of his name. It also includes a short biography on each President.

 
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Presidents (DK Eyewitness Books) by James David Barber - Images are from amazon.com.Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents by Steven AronsonPresidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House by Julia Moberg
Presidents (DK Eyewitness Books) by James David Barber - Images are from amazon.com.
Presidents (DK Eyewitness Books) by James David Barber - Images are from amazon.com.
Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents by Steven Aronson
Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents by Steven Aronson
Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House by Julia Moberg
Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House by Julia Moberg

Presidents (DK Eyewitness Books) by James David Barber is great If you're looking for a book to use for a report. It has a nice overview of each President and includes lots of fun portraits and photographs so that your children or students will want to flip through this book again and again. Also look for First Ladies (DK Eyewitness Books) by Amy Pastan! Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents by Steven Aronson isn't a exactly a book. It's a set of individual cards that are secured together. Each card features a President and includes a portrait, general information, and an overview of his life and accomplishments. Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House by Julia Moberg features the pets of President and is told with much humor making it fun to read and quite memorable.

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Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio - Images are from amazon.com.If I Ran For President by Catherine StierDuck for President (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) by Doreen Cronin
Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio - Images are from amazon.com.
Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio - Images are from amazon.com.
If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier
If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier
Duck for President (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) by Doreen Cronin
Duck for President (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) by Doreen Cronin

Our Top 3 Favorite Picture Books on the Role of a President & The Election Process

Our favorite picture books on the role of a President and the election process that are great for early elementary and preschool aged children are Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier, and Duck for President (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) by Doreen Cronin.

Looking for the Best YouTube Clips?

Our Favorite YouTube Clips on Presidents - Songs to Help You Memorize the Presidents in Order

The Electoral College Explained

Looking for My Other Units & Lessons?

All of My Lessons

Over the years I have posted over 40 science and social-studies based unit studies, compromised of more than 170 lessons. The unit studies include the Human Body, Simple Machines, Earth Science, Medieval Period, American Revolution, Pioneer Life, Countries of the World, and many more! For each lesson I have included activities (with photos), our favorite books and YouTube video clips, lapbook links, and other resources. I posted links to all of my unit studies and lessons at Fun, FREE Hands-on Unit Studies .

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      iijuan12 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      You have put together an educational study, that I find myself being your student. :)

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      iijuan12 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thank you!

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      JoyfulPamela2 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a great amount of info for teachers and kids! Thanks for including my election and presidential units! I'll will add this for my visitors to enjoy. :)

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      iijuan12 

      5 years ago from Florida

      @OhMe: Thank you!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for featuring my President's Day Quiz here. I will post this one as a Related lens. Enjoyed.

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