It’s February, which means Presidents Day is upon us! These Presidents Day activities for elementary students are a great way to celebrate this federal holiday in your classroom. Learn more about this holiday and get helpful resource recommendations below so you’ll have what you need to celebrate this holiday with your students.
What is Presidents Day?
Presidents Day is a February holiday in the United States to celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as all of the other American presidents that have served. This federal holiday is usually celebrated through public ceremonies in Washington, D.C., as well as throughout the country.
When is Presidents Day?
Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. This date was chosen because it was between Abraham Lincoln and George Washington’s birthday.
Why Do We Celebrate Presidents Day?
In the United States, we celebrate Presidents Day to honor all American presidents, but especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
4 Presidents Day Read Alouds
Below are four quality read alouds that are great for celebrating Presidents Day.
1. If I Were President by Catherine Stier
The book If I Were President follows a diverse group of children explaining what their day to day life would be like as president. Students will learn about the events like the State of the Union and presidential duties like signing bills into law. Students will get to hear about the different special experiences that come with being president like throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game or having your own private chef.
This book makes a great read aloud before an election or in honor of President’s Day. I liked it so much that I added it to my Starts With a Story collection. Learn more about the If I Were President activities!
2. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
In school, a young girl named Grace is learning about presidents. She is surprised to learn that there has never been a female president. Grace decides that she wants to run for president and her teacher organizes an election.
Grace and Thomas, a student from another class, are running against one another. The students learn about the electoral college and Grace and Thomas both run presidential campaigns. They create slogans, buttons, posters, and come up with promises. Grace works really hard during her campaign and spends a lot of time on it.
During the election, Grace and Thomas are tied when it comes time for the last state to cast their electoral votes. Thomas is certain that Sam is going to vote for him. Everyone is surprised when Sam chooses to vote for Grace and she wins the election. When it comes time for career day, Grace knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up, president!
This book is also part of my Starts With a Story collection. Learn more about these Grace for President activities!
3. If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
If I Ran For President is told from the point of view of different children that plan to run for president. Readers will learn what happens when someone first decides to run for president, what happens during a campaign and what happens on and after election day. Students will be introduced to important vocabulary regarding campaigns and elections.
While informative, the book is still entertaining and inspiring. Students will believe that they too can be president someday no matter what they look like or what their gender is. Check out these resources based on the book: If I Ran for President activities.
4. Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Duck For President is another book from Doreen Cronin’s series with characters from Farmer Dave’s Farm. In this story, Duck is tired of doing chores all day and getting dirty. He decides to hold an election where he will run against Farmer Dave. The animals on the farm register to vote and Duck wins! However, running the farm is much more work than Duck imagined.
He decides to get his friends together and run for governor. He makes speeches and meets a lot of people. On election day, Duck wins the governor. However, Duck soon realizes that being governor is also a lot of work. That night he and his staff start planning his campaign to run for president. Once in office, Duck realizes how hard the job is and sees a help-wanted ad looking for a duck. He takes the position and returns to the farm with his friends and Farmer Dave.
This book is also part of my Starts With a Story collection. Check out these Duck for President activities!
6 Presidents Day Activities
Below are a list of Presidents Day activities for elementary students you can use in your classroom.
1. Presidents Day Writing Activities
Presidents Day is the perfect time for your students to share what they would do if they were the President. This “If I Were President” writing prompt is a great way to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. President. It’s so much fun to have them dream big and ask themselves “What would happen if I ran for president?” Learn more about these Presidents Day writing activities!
2. Presidents Day Reading Activities that Go with Any Book
These Presidents Day reading graphic organizer activities provide engaging, meaningful practice to greatly improve your students’ reading and writing skills. They are so quick and easy for teachers to prep. Each of the included graphic organizers can be used over and over and with ANY book you choose. Students love the thematic pages and teachers love the ease in which they can differentiate to meet individual student needs.
3. If I Were President Reading Activities
These If I Were President activities are both printable and digital, so they can be used for in-person and distance learning. Read aloud Catherine Stier’s diverse picture book and then use the printable or digital activities to practice standards-based skills.
4. Grace for President Reading Activities
These Grace for President activities are both printable and digital, so they can be used for in-person and distance learning. Read aloud Kelly DiPucchio’s picture book and then use the printable or digital activities to practice standards-based skills.
5. If I Ran for President Reading Activities
These If I Ran for President activities are both printable and digital, so they can be used for in-person and distance learning. Read aloud Catherine Stier’s picture book and then use the printable or digital activities to practice standards-based skills.
6. Duck for President Reading Activities
These Duck for President activities are both printable and digital, so they can be used for in-person and distance learning. Read aloud Doreen Cronin’s picture book and then use the printable or digital activities to practice standards-based skills.