American Heroes and Holidays
Look Who’s on the Dollar Bill
- One black line master of a one dollar bill for each student
- One teacher-selected book about George Washington
- Glue sticks
- A small photo of each student
NOTE: The following Web resources may be helpful for information on George Washington:
“George Washington.” <http://www.educationalsynthesis.org/famamer/GWashington.html>
“George Washington.” <http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/history/us/pres/washington/index.shtml>
- Begin by reading the teacher-selected book about George Washington. Remind students that Washington is called, “The Father of Our Country.” His picture is found on the quarter as well as on the one-dollar bill. Remind students that George Washington lived a long time ago.
- Give each student a copy of the one-dollar bill. Ask them to find the picture of George Washington. Ask students to discuss different things they learned about George Washington from the book read in step 1.
- Have each student cut out and glue his/her own picture on the dollar bill copy in George Washington’s place. Now look who’s on the one-dollar bill!
- Explain to the students that we remember George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all American presidents on the holiday called Presidents Day. Presidents Day is observed in February.
- Assist the students to locate Presidents Day on a February calendar.
- Tell the students that during the time George Washington was a soldier for our country, fighting for freedom from England, it was decided that the United States of America should have its own flag. It is believed that George Washington, along with two other people, asked Betsy Ross to sew this flag. It is also believed that Betsy Ross suggested a five-point star for the flag. The first flag had 13 stars that were formed in a circle.
- Show the students how this perfect five-point flag can be made at the following Web site. <http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagstar.html>