Children will discuss how Abraham Lincoln traveled to the White House when he became president.
Social Studies Focus:
key details, writing, vocabulary, main idea
Page 4 Skill:
journey, modern, speeches
RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.10, SL.2.3
Guided Reading Level: M
Lexile Level: 540L
Provide students with some background on Abraham Lincoln.
Build background knowledge (10 min.)
Watch our video “The Life of Abraham Lincoln.” After children have finished watching the video, discuss the following questions:
Preview vocabulary (3 min.)
Next, play the online vocabulary slideshow. This issue’s featured words are journey, modern, and speeches.
Set a purpose for reading (5 min.)
Read together (20 min.)
Pass out the Read and Think printable. Use it to check comprehension as you read the issue together, pausing to ask the questions.
Assessment: Reading Checkpoint (15 min.)
Pass out the Reading Checkpoint to review key concepts from the issue and assess students’ proficiency on key nonfiction reading skills.
You can use our printable worksheets to focus on important social studies and ELA skills. Here’s how.
ELA Focus: Vocabulary (15 min.)
Editor’s Pick: Read a Timeline (15 min.)
ELA Focus: Main Idea (15 min.)
Here are two past issues you can use to extend your lesson on Presidents' Day: