Whiskers for Abe?
Intended audience: K-1st
Thinking about candidates in this year’s presidential election, students will listen to a story of a little girl writing to Mr. Lincoln called Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers and decide if Mr. Lincoln, as a presidential candidate in the past, looked better with or without whiskers. The subject of voting and choosing someone on how they looked will be discussed.
SS1a. identify examples of good citizenship.
SS1a. recognize symbols and leaders of the United States.
SS3b. recognize people from different times and places.
SS3c. distinguish among past, present, and future.
SS5a. recognize and describe feelings.
SS5d. show respect and concern for the rights of others.
SS8c: explain how voting is a way to make a decision.
SS10b. define basic social concepts of cooperation, conflicts, and competition.
SS10b. develop and use skills to communicate with individual and groups.
E1c.2 Being Read To: listen to and discuss every day at least one book or chapter that is longer and more difficult than what they can read independently or with assistance.
E1c.3 Discussing Books: refer explicitly to parts of the text when presenting or defending a claim
E1c.4 Vocabulary: learn new words everyday from talk and books read aloud.
E3a.1 Speaking and Listening: Talking a Lot: talk about their ideas, experiences and feelings; listen to others, signaling comprehension by clarifying, agreeing, empathizing or commenting as appropriate.
Book: Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen B. Winnick
Historical document photos of Abraham Lincoln without whiskers and one with whiskers:
Red, white, and blue decorations with a voting booth or box.
Ballots with Obama and McCain’s name.
One 45 minute class period.
I. Context (Have the students answer the following questions for all documents in the Activity)
a. What type of document is this?
b. What time period do you think this is? When do you think the photo was taken?
d. What is the purpose of this document?
e. What is happening in the photo?
II. Warm-Up (2-3 sentences)
Teacher displays two photo documents of Abraham Lincoln with students identifying the person. Students will analyze the historical documents answering the questions above and discussing historical document importance.
IV. Extensions (Suggest an optional, related activity)
Students could color pictures of current candidates with and without beards.
Students could discuss and list qualifications for the current presidential candidates.
Students could discuss and list qualifications for any person to be president.