So back to President's Day. Today, I read a short Washington biography and I plan on having the students make this craftivity from The First Grade Parade. Honestly, we may not have time to paint, but that's what tannish colored crayons are for. :)
As far as old Abe goes, I found a mailbox freebie one year that's a simple silhouette of Lincoln's head. We take the silhouette and use rulers to divide it into squares by drawing horizontal and vertical lines. This gives us time to review how we use rulers right before we get into our measurement unit in math. Timing is everything, eh? Then, we create patterns using red and blue crayons=PATRIOTIC! Check out the final product below! I'd love to scan the silhouette, I just need to make sure I'm not breaking copyright, etc. Oh, below the silhouette we write an acrostic poem with the word "President" or "Lincoln."