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George vs. Abe Developed for Grade 2 By Mrs. Krista Albrecht 2007
Overview • In this unit, students will incorporate Social Studies, English Language Arts and Computer Science. The students will learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. • Students will compare and contrast the lives of the 2 presidents and then compose original stories about the two presidents.
Objectives • Gather information from websites • Analyze information from the internet and use it to appropriately convey the facts in paragraph form • Accurately use a Venn Diagram for organizational and comparison purposes • Use the tools in Kidworks Deluxe to author and illustrate an original book.
Day 1 • Look through the website on George Washington. Write 8 facts you think are important to remember. • http: //score. rims. k 12. ca. us/score_lessons/special_events/p residentsdaymuseum/pages/wash. html • http: //www. whitehouse. gov/kids/presidents/georgewashing ton. html • http: //www. pocanticohills. org/washington/timeline. htm
Day 2 • Look through the websites on Abraham Lincoln. Write 8 facts you think are important to remember. • http: //score. rims. k 12. ca. us/score_lessons/special_events/p residentsdaymuseum/pages/lincoln. htm • http: //www. siec. k 12. in. us/~west/proj/lincoln/quiz 7. htm • http: //berwickacademy. org/lincoln/born. htm
Day 3: Compare and Contrast • Using the Venn diagram on the web page below, and your facts about the presidents, create a Venn diagram to show the presidents were alike and how they were different. • http: //www. readwritethink. org/materials/venn/ • Homework: Use your facts to construct a paragraph about Washington and a paragraph about Lincoln.
www. readwritethink. org
Day 4: More Writing • Complete the paragraph telling how President Washington and President Lincoln were alike. Use your notes for help!
How are Washington and Lincoln Alike? Name___________________ Date ______ Presidents Lincoln and Washington were alike in some ways. Can you tell some of the ways they were alike? Try to fill in the sentences in the paragraph below with the ways the two presidents were alike. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were both __________ of the United States of America. They had some things in common. They were both ___________ and had some ___________. The two men also have birthdays in the month of ______________. We celebrate their birthdays because they were very important to our _________.
Day 5+ Composing a Book on Kidworks Deluxe • Using the paragraphs previously written on the presidents, create a book comparing the presidents. When you start a new paragraph, you should start a new page. • Do all your writing first. When you have finished typing all your paragraphs into the book, you may begin your illustrations.
Proofreading • Work with a partner to edit your story. • Your partner should read your story out loud and look for any mistakes in spelling or grammar (the way the sentences are written). • Does anything sound wrong to you? • Make any changes directly to your book. • Be sure to save your work!
Author’s Chair Day Upon completion of this project, students read their books to the class while sitting in the author’s chair.