We made patriotic necklaces. First we cut red straws into an even number of pieces. Then we cut a star out of white construction paper and punched two holes in the top. Then we strung the half the straw pieces unto blue yarn, then the star, and finished it off with the other half of straw pieces.


The children colored the cabin the covered it with straight pretzels. They also colored a play dollar bill and added their picture to the center.


Take a lunch sack and cut one side off. Cover the remaining bag with cotton balls. Gather it in back (which will be the opening) into a "ponytail". The front of the wig is the bottom of the bag.


We made Lincoln's log cabin. We used our shiny penny to make it look like Lincoln was looking out the window of his log cabin.

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Studied bills and coins under the magnifying glass.

Looking for Lincoln and Washington on coins.


We cleaned pennies in a mix of salt and ketchup. Messy fun and pennies were sparkling clean!

Here we are seeing which substance cleans a penny the best - water or vinegar.



We stacked pennies till they fell and then counted how many pennies tall our tower was. This was a fun game for the kids all day as they tried to top their own record.


I Cannot Tell a Lie
Inspire your little ones by telling them the legendary story of George Washington and the cherry tree. Familiarize yourself with the story as found in The Children's Book of Virtues edited by William J. Bennett. Then retell the story in appropriate language for your little ones. Though your children may be too young to understand who George Washington was, they'll remember the lesson of the virtue of honesty taught by this simple tale.
Have children make cherry necklaces to wear home so that parents will be aware of your efforts to emphasize honesty. Instruct each child to trace a circle shape onto a piece of red construction paper and then cut out the circle. Have her poke half of a brown pipe cleaner through the paper, and then twist as shown to resemble the cherry's stem. Thread a length of green yarn to complete the necklace. On one side of each child's cherry, write "I'm learning about honesty." Have the child write her name on the opposite side and then wear the necklace as a reminder to tell the truth.

Submitted by AJ
Tune: Muffin Man
Do you know who chopped down the tree
Chopped down the tree, chopped down the tree
Do you know who chopped down the tree
Dad asked George one Day.

Yes I know who chopped down the tree,
Chopped down the tree, chopped down the tree
Yes I know who chopped down the tree
Honest George did say.

It was I who chopped down the tree
Chopped down the tree, chopped down the tree
It was I who chopped down the tree
I'm sorry, but it's true.

Thank you George, you told the truth
You told the truth, you told the truth
Thank you George, you told the truth
I am proud of you.

Tune: My Country Tis of Thee
Lincoln and Washington
They are remembered on
Presidents Day

Two men in history
Who gave us liberty
Honor their memories
On this great day.

After discussing and reading about Abraham Lincoln ... we will graph "Do you
like Abraham Lincoln better WITH or WITHOUT a beard?"  The children will also
have a "recording sheet" with his picture with and without a beard to circle
which way they like him the best.

Submitted by Marilyn of the KOS Loop
When I taught 4/5's we did this art project around Lincoln's birthday.  Give each child a piece of sturdy cardboard.  Have them paint popsicle sticks brown.  Then glue the popsicle sticks on the cardboard in the shape of a house.  In the doorway, glue a brand new, shiny Penny.

Penny, penny,Easily spent
Copper brown, and worth one cent.
Nickel, nickel,Thick and fat,
You're worth five cents. I know that.
Dime, dime, Little and thin,
I remember, You're worth ten.
Quarter, quarter, Big and bold,
You're worth twenty-five, I am told!
Teach the following rap:
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Well a penny is one and a nickel is five,
A dime is worth ten and a quarter twenty-five.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
Five pennies make a nickel,
Two nickels make a dime.
Two dimes and a nickel
make a quarter and it's mine.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

Submitted by Marilyn
Have the children paint popsicle sticks brown.  Give each child a 6 X 6 piece of cardboard.  Have the children glue the brown painted popsicle sticks to the cardboard in the shape of a house. (this will be Lincoln's log cabin) Then give each child a shiny, new penney to glue onto the log cabin.  Make a hole at the top and loop through a pipe cleaner for hanging.

Submitted by KinderDeb
Hi, I teach my k's a short chant for Lincoln & Washington's Bday.  I turn it into a book along with telling them all the stories to go with it.  I bring out my magnifying glasses for the children  to get a look at the pennies, quarters up close.  They really seem to like this.  I also have them on charts for the children to take turns reading.  Here are my chants.
Abraham Lincoln
16th President
Born in a cabin
Emancipation Proclamation
No more Slavery
Abraham Lincoln

George Washington
1st President
Born in Virginia
Father of our Country
Never told a lie
George Washington


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