Lesson Plan

Early American Leaders

What is a leader?

Students will be able to...

1. Describe a leader and the characteristics of somebody they know as a leader.

2. Understand the leaders in American History


iPad 1:1

Social Studies
Grades K – 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

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Class Starter: Instruct the students to go to their Note app and create a list of what they believe it takes to be a leader. The characteristics and traits of a leader and who they think of as leaders in their lives.

Student Instructions
  • Get out their iPads
  • Navigate to the NoteApp
  • If forgot iPad, pencil and paper and complete the Class Starter

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Ask the students to share what they came up with for the Class Starter. While they are sharing what they wrote down, the instructor should write down the characteristics and traits the students came up with on the white board. The instructor should then begin to integrate questions on leaders of the state and the country. Ask the students who the leader of their state is, then the leader of their country.

3 Guided Practice

Reading A-Z
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Have the students use their reading app to open up the book on George Washington. The book is called Establishing an American Army. The instructor must create an account and add each of the students.

4 Independent Practice

Once the student has read the short story, have the student use their iPad to type up a review of their thoughts on the short story. Ask them to write in their review if they thought the book described a leader, or how did the book show that George Washington was a leader.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Creating

Have the students read A Picture Book of Paul Revere at home and have the students write a fictional story as if they were there riding their horse right next to Paul Revere. Bring back the story to the next class period and allow students to share their stories if they would like to.