We have been learning about a different president every week to get ready for President’s Day. This past week was spent learning about Abraham Lincoln. With my boys being different ages, we have used a variety of books to extend our lessons. One book in particular that I want to share with you is, “I Am Abraham Lincoln” . This book is part of the Ordinary People Change the World Series written by Bread Meltzer. I wasn’t familiar with this series until recently and have been blown away by it.
“I am Abraham Lincoln” not only tells the story of Abraham, but it also sends an amazing lessons to children. It reminds children throughout the book that there are many forms of strengths, but nothing is quite as strong as standing up for what someone who needs it.
About the book:
Abraham Lincoln was a kid who stood up to bullies and believed in fairness for everyone. he was president during one of America’s toughest fights: the Civil War. With his powerful voice and believe that all people are created equal, he brought the country back together, ended slavery, and became one of America’s greatest presidents.
Abraham Lincoln Activities
Along with the book we added a few fun activities. First, we had to make a mobile that shows the cabin Abraham Lincoln was born in, his dog, his wife and his four boys. Instead of placing Abraham Lincoln in the mobile, the boys decided we should just use his hat.
It was pretty simple to put together. I have the character template on the bottom that can be downloaded. Other than that, we used just string and a coffee lid.
They also decided that we should reenact the Civil War. However, we did run into a little problem with that one. Since they know the outcome of the war, no one wanted to be the South. Everyone wanted to win. In the end though, they had a blast and walked away with added knowledge as well. We got our Civil War set here.
Last but not least, we used milk cartons, peanut butter and pretzels to create a log cabin since Abraham Lincoln was born in a small one room cabin in Kentucky. We hot glue gunned the milk cartons shut and used a thin layer of peanut butter to get the pretzels to stick. For the chimney, we used a Rolo mini that we happen to have left over from the holidays.
Along with all these fun activities we also talked about his favorite foods, which so happen to be some of our favorites as well. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon, apples and gingerbread men, right?