Students can learn about the struggles, interests, and achievements of President Abraham Lincoln by using these engaging resources.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
The Life of Abraham Lincoln
With Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address fast approaching, here are four classroom-tested ideas for teaching about our sixteenth president.
See how Lincoln personifies the definition of "persistence" with a brief look at key facts from his life.
A brief synopsis of Abraham Lincoln's accomplishments, and a corresponding activity.
Add action and relevancy to curricular themes like Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War with these three Reader's Theater scripts.
The Civil War
This online learning activity offers students a detailed look at how the Civil War of the 1860s impacted, and divided, America.
America marks the Emancipation Proclamation's 150th anniversary. By Laura Leigh Davidson for Scholastic News Online.
At his second inauguration in 1865, President Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in American presidential history.
Eighty-five years after the United States declared its independence, the country was at war again. Learn about the American Civil War in this Grolier Online Encyclopedia article.
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps begins its four-year-long coverage of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a video report from a re-enactment of the firing of the first shot.
An interactive map the shows the differences between the two sides that fought in the Civil War.
Profiles #1: The Civil War provides an opportunity to teach students how to explain the relationship or interactions between individuals and historical events. Activities engage students in viewing animated battles of the war, taking a journey on the Underground Railroad, and doing a close reading of the Gettysburg Address.
Students will create a wearable Abraham Lincoln mask in this quick and fun craft project.
This Abraham Lincoln-inspired pencil holder is a fun craft to make for Presidents' Day.
Use these books to help you teach about the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
Some recent books to celebrate the Lincoln bicentennial with elementary students.
Teach about the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and more with this selection of relevant books.
Use Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books when studying U.S. presidents, and when talking about a love of books and reading.
Abe Lincoln Remembers will provide insight into the life of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln tells the story of the events preceding, and the actual delivery of, President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address. Students will come to understand that few words, if carefully chosen, are all that are necessary to communicate important, powerful ideas.
Questions for discussing this fast-paced nonfiction thriller that gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to find the assassin John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices. It shows readers Abraham Lincoln the man, the father, the husband, the friend — and how his death impacted the nation.
Booktalk for Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth by James L. Swanson
Ready to use activity cards to teach facts about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
This double-column template allows students to break down and respond to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address for close reading.
A reproducible of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to use as a hand-out for students or a classroom poster.
A printable non-fiction mini-book with illustrations and a glossary
Lead your class in this song about Abraham Lincoln to kick start your lesson on the popular president, then use the activity ideas presented to extend the lesson.
Have students color and cut out the Lincoln Memorial from this printable. Then, turn it into a model by propping it up with cardboard or a juice box.
Try this Scholastic Printables' twist on a history lesson. With 11 roles, this short "guess who" play invites the audience to determine which of the three contestants is the real "Honest Abe."
With 12 parts, and serious themes, this reader's theater script from Scholastic Printables tackles topics of slavery and the human cost of the Civil War. Culminating in the delivery of the Gettysburg Address, this short play is sure to drive home the dynamic and emotional truth of American History.
Learn facts about Abraham Lincoln with this simple, short skit from Scholastic Printables. With roles for three story tellers, one Abe Lincoln, and a chorus of the rest of the class, this reader's theater script is perfect for a school assembly or performance for parents.