Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln!

President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is remembered each year in February. Many states, including Tennessee, combine Lincoln’s birthday with President George Washington’s and celebrate Presidents’ Day. On Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday, students do not go to school. This lesson will help students understand why they are out of school for Presidents’ Day.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Explain the importance of patriotic traditions, including the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, appropriate behavior during the playing of our National Anthem, and...
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
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Learning objectives: 

Upon completion of the lesson students will be able to identify age-appropriate, key details about Lincoln’s personal life and public accomplishments.

Essential and guiding questions: 

Who was Abraham Lincoln and why do we celebrate his birthday?

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Extension suggestions: 

To extend the lesson, provide links to the online book about Abraham Lincoln and the Web sites listed in this lesson on your teacher Web site for students to review at home with their parents. You may also want to include a link to a coloring page about Lincoln.

Helpful Hints


  • Graphic organizer
  • Crayons and/or pencils
  • Computer with Internet access and projector
  • Whiteboard and dry-erase marker OR Word document that can be projected with the words “Who, What, When, Where, Why” on it.