In honor of Presidents’ Day, I created this informative President packet of writing prompts for your children to learn about various Presidents of the United States of America.
A Brief History on Presidents’ Day
Presidents’ Day, originally celebrated starting in 1885 as our first President, George Washington’s birthday on February 22. However, in 1968 the US Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill moving many federal holidays to Mondays so the US workers could have extended weekends throughout the year. At this time, Washington’s birthday was combined with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12.
After the passing of the bill in 1971, the celebration of Washington and Lincoln’s birthday became known as Presidents’ Day, which is now celebrated on the third Monday of February. In addition to Washington and Lincoln, Presidents’ Day commemorates all of the Presidents of the United States. Other Presidents born in the month of February include William Harry Harrison and Ronald Reagan.
While reading about the history of Presidents’ Day, I found these interesting tidbits about the holiday:
- Presidents’ Day with the possessive apostrophe after the “S” is not the official name of the holiday.
- Different states designate the day of remembrance in different ways, with the punctuation before and after the possessive “S” and others without the apostrophe.
- Presidents’ Day will never fall on either Washington’s or Lincoln’s birthdays.
- Cherry pie is traditionally recognized as the food of Presidents’ Day.
- On Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the US Congress started to award the Purple Heart medal (which bear’s Washinton’s image) to soldiers who were injured in battle. This tradition is continued to this day.
- Washington’s hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, celebrates the good President’s birthday with the longest-running and largest George Washington’s Birthday parade.
- Starting in 1962, there has been a tradition of a reading of George Washington’s Farewell Address in the US Senate.
Presidents’ Day Writing Prompts
The attached free printables include writing prompts on many of our great Commanders in Chief, including:
- George Washington
- Abraham Lincoln
- Barak Obama
- Bill Clinton
- Woodrow Wilson
- John F Kennedy
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Franklin D Roosevelt
- Thomas Jefferson
- Ronald Reagan
- Harry Truman
- Dwight D Eisenhower
I originally created these wiring prompts as a way for my children to learn about the history of our Presidents. As my children were at varying levels of learning, I made writing prompts for three different levels of education, from kindergarten through 3rd grade. However, this activity can be used with students through middle school.
The initial set of pages (one page per President), has your students research specific information about the given President. Your child will learn the following:
- The President’s nickname
- Dates of birth and death
- Place of birth
- Name of their First Lady (wife)
- Political Party
- Name of their Vice President
- The dates of their term(s) in office
There is also space for them to write about any fun facts they learned about each President, such as famous quotes and achievements. After learning about each President, your child can also choose their favorite President. My children had a fantastic time learning the history of the presidents.
The other two sets of writing prompt leave space for your child to write freely about each President, and the third pack has black and white images of the Presidents for your child to color.
This packet of writing prompts can even be used in the classroom during the month of February leading up to Presidents’ Day. So be sure to include it in your bundle of resources and add it to your lesson plans.
Here are a few more printables for your children to enjoy:
- Baseball Heroes Writing Prompts
- 12 Weeks of Opinion Writing
- Winter Writing Prompts
- Winter Coloring Pages
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