Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers

We had some more President's Day fun today.

We read a fantastic book called Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers by Karen B. Winnick.  My class was really engaged!!!  It tells the true story of a girl named Grace Bedell who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln suggesting that he grow whiskers.  She thought that it would make him appear less sad and that more people would vote for him in the presidential election.  He followed her advice and the rest is history!

We discussed how thing have changed since this story took place.  

Then - People wrote letters with a quill and ink.
Now - We write with pens.

Then - Women were not allowed to vote.
Now - Men and women can vote.

Then - People traveled by horse, carriage, and train.
Now - People travel by plane, bus, and car.

Then after looking at photos of Abe Lincoln with his whiskers, and without whiskers, we completed a class graph.  The students decided if they liked Lincoln better with whiskers or without.  Here our the results!

Looking forward to a 3 day weekend,
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  1. Love this book, and such a fun idea to compare then and now!
    Thanks for linking up to Keeping Life Creative!

  2. I love this idea for President's Day! I wasn't familiar with this book. Thanks for sharing. Pining this page on my Feb board for next year!

  3. This sounds like a "must have" item for my unit on President's Day. I had my kids do a project in which they glue his whiskers on so this is going to great with that project. Thank you so much.
    You have an awesome blog!!

  4. Love the graph! I must look to see if my school library has that book!

  5. I forgot about that story! I'll have to share that with my kiddos next year. I'm going to pin it so I don't forget! Great teaching ideas, too. I always love comparing then/now. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love your blog! I found your through TPT! Yay, I'm your newest follower!

    Thanks for sharing that book, I had not heard of it but it sounds like one I need to purchase for next year!

    Laura ~ First Grade Spies

  7. I've never heard of this book, but I actually think my 3rd graders would really find this interesting. I could easily adapt your writing ideas for them. I'm going to put this on my " to do" list to see how my students react to the book!

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  8. I LOVE this book and use it every year with my kiddos. I actually blogged about it too:) I found your blog from the California bloggers linky from Fifth in the Middle. I love finding new blogs from my state! I am your newest follower!
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  9. What a great idea for President's Day! I'm going to pin this and use it for next year!

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