Friday, February 17, 2012
Changing Abraham Lincoln's Hat - President's Day Activity
We read Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner, a Scholastic Step into Reading book, about the importance of Abraham Lincoln's hat, both in helping him to stand out in a crowd, and for holding his important papers.
Lincoln certainly stood out as a tall man in a tall hat. I asked the children if they thought he would have made as big an impression in any other hat.
Then, I gave them a chance to find out, with a couple different sized printouts of a colorized photo of Abraham Lincoln, that I found at chexydicimal.com...
...and a page full of pictures of hats copied right off of Google images after searching for "hats", for the younger children to cut out...
...and try on the president.
I had the older children join in the activity too, but cutting and pasting the hats onto the picture in Windows' Paint program instead, for a little more of a challenge.
It's great to be a homeschooler.