In this lesson you will teach your students about George Washington, the first President of the United States.
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Suggested General Resources
- World Wall Map
- Map of U.S.A. or 13 Colonies
- 13-Star U.S.A. Flag for wall
- Posters of Early Americans
- Small Dot Stickers
- Washable Markers, Crayons, and/or Colored Pencils
- Glue Sticks
- Plates, Bowls, Napkins, Utensils, Small Cups
- Computer, Black and White Printer (color printer optional), and Printer Paper
- Assembled Timeline File Folder for each child and Timeline Poster (click here for instructions and free printables)
- Assembled History Journal filled with Worksheets for each child (click here for instructions and free printables)
Additional Items Recommended For This Lesson
- A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler
- Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
- Fabric, potpourri, ribbon, twisty ties, pinking shears.
- Basket of produce representing food that George Washington grew on his farm. Choose several from the following: apples, pears, cherries, peaches, apricots, carrots, onions, leeks, turnips, parsnips, beets, kidney beans, peas, artichokes, cabbage, cauliflower, and celery.
- Snack Items: Wheat Thins or other wheat crackers. Plus, cut up a few of the following: carrots, celery, apples, strawberries, pears, peaches, apricots, or cherries.
Week 12 Lesson Plan
For suggestions on how to conduct each activity below, please see the introductory post.
Year and Subject
1732 – 1799: George Washington (he became the first president in 1789)
Find Mount Vernon in Virginia.
A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler
Please click here for Timeline instructions and free printables.
Please click here for History Journal assembly instructions and free printables.
Catch up on unfinished worksheets.
Activity: Potpourri Sachets
Find the directions for Potpourri Sachets on page 36 of Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes. Page 33 also has directions for making your own potpourri. To save time, you can use purchased, pre-made potpourri available in craft shops or online.
Food: Produce Grown In Washington’s Garden
George Washington grew many different kinds of fruits and vegetables on his estate. Fruit trees included apples, pears, cherries, peaches, and apricots. Vegetables included carrots, onions, leeks, turnips, parsnips, beets, kidney beans, peas, artichokes, cabbage, cauliflower, and celery. He also grew wheat and berries such as strawberries and currants. (Sources: Mount Vernon Landscape and Gardens and Ten Fact About the Gardens at Mount Vernon.)
I gathered several of the vegetables from the above list (plus an apple) in a basket to show my class. Many had never seen a leek or a turnip! We passed around the basket and allowed each student to handle the vegetables.
I cut up some carrots, celery, and apple ahead of time for snack. Wheat Thins crackers represented the wheat Washington grew. (I taught this lesson right before Thanksgiving, so berries were not in season.) For your snack you can choose among the vegetables and fruits currently available in your area.
Additional Take-Home Activity
George Washington Poster (The Light and the Glory: Children’s Activity Book – pages 60 – 61)
More Activity and Craft Ideas
Please see my American History Pinterest Board for more ideas!
Text and Produce Image Copyright 2016 Kathryn Depew
Painting of George Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge by John Ward Dunsmore – Public Domain. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/91792202/