George Washington: Centerpiece of a Nation

A neat Presidents Day activity, this lesson provides a culminating learning experience for upper elementary aged learners. After analyzing George Washington's, "A Display of the United States of America," your learners will conduct research on the fifty states and produce present-day colorful and creative emblems for each state.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have students work in partners or small groups 
  • Extend the lesson further by having your young researchers compare the two centerpieces in a Venn diagram
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson should be spread out over two separate sessions
  • Be sure to reserve time in the computer lab, or borrow research materials from your school library
  • Allow significant prep time or ask a volunteer to help
Pros

  • A variety of opportunities for comparing and contrasting past and present day America
  • Includes primary images
Cons

  • Display provided is somewhat blurry
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