With President's Day right around the corner, we'll spend some time next week researching, writing, and drawing about our two favorite presidents: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. I've got a couple of books that I love to read to the kids. We web what we learn as we go and then use the webs to help us put together this venn diagram.
One of my favorite ways to help the kids write about what they know is using the Thinking Map called a Tree Map. I'll use pictures and charts to make a large thinking map for each president so that we can write a paragraph about what we know from our research on each president. I'll give them the hook at the beginning for the paragraph as well as the closer sentence. Their job will be to fill in the three details for the body of the paragraph.
After we write what we know, we'll do some directed drawing to pull the projects all together. As we draw we'll review and revisit all the things we learned about each president.
I found the Discovery Readers series while traveling in D.C. this winter. You can check them out on Amazon.com.