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Abraham Lincoln

The following resources are for teachers and students to refer to when exploring the life and times of our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. The Virginia SOLs included are K.1(a), 1.2, 2.11, U.S. 11.3c, US1.9d.

Abraham Lincoln

Who Was Abraham Lincoln? By Janet Pascal
This "big head biography" is perfect for elementary school- aged children. There are over 100 black-and-white illustrations and maps. The text is easy to read and very informative. Young readers will learn all about Abraham Lincoln in a fun, interesting format and will be encouraged to check out the other historical biographies in this series.

Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) By Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
This book is not only a great read, but also a great read aloud. The straightforward style and use of humor makes it enjoyable for students in elementary school. There is colorful art on every page and the text completely draws the reader in, making them eager to learn all there is to know about our 16th President.

Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters By Harold Holzer
This book is geared to the older elementary student. It is a compilation of Lincoln’s writings, including personal letters, notes on the law, excerpts from speeches, debates, and inaugural addresses, letters to parents of fallen soldiers, and telegrams to his family. Reproductions of period photos, portraits, and documents illustrate the text effectively. This book is highly interesting and a fine resource for students seeking quotations or for those wanting to meet Lincoln through his own words.

Abraham Lincoln (DK Biography) by Tanya Lee Stone
DK brings historical biographies to life with this new series. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read. This book helps the reader explore the extraordinary life of Abraham Lincoln in a way that is exciting and interesting.

Abraham Lincoln (10 Days That Shook Your World) by David Colbert is an exciting look at our sixteenth president told through an eyewitness account of ten crucial days in his life. This book, part of a series of historical biographies, is best for upper elementary students.

Resources for Teachers
Abraham Lincoln
This site is chock full of links to lesson plans, classroom activities and other educational resources. It is nicely organized and has many historical pictures and references. Everything you ever wanted to know about Abraham Lincoln can be found on this site.
Primary Sources
This site is an excellent resource for primary sources. This site includes interpretive materials, featuring a brief Lincoln biography and discussions of eight major historical themes. This helps visitors raise historical questions and formulate hypotheses, thereby searching the primary materials more constructively.
Lincoln Printables
Here you will find printables, interactive worksheets and activity pages associated with President Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln Lesson Plans
This website has lesson plans, suggested readings, and primary resources that are helpful in teaching about Abraham Lincoln.
More Primary Sources
This site is helpful for primary sources and what to do with them. It provides the source and activities and other informative links.

Resources for Students
A scrambler is a program that chops up an image and scrambles up the pieces (requires the java plugin). The object of the game is to swap 2 pieces at a time until all pieces end up in position to form the completed picture. These scramblers all come with a 4 minute timer. Can you beat the clock? These games require a keen eye for detail!
An interactive quiz about Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005. It invites students to learn about Lincoln's leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln's actions. A Resources Page keyed to each chapter provides links to relevant Websites on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.
Lincoln Scavenger Hunt
This is an interactive treasure hunt that students print out and answer as they explore the website.
Lincoln Listen and Read
This is an interactive Listen and Read page that students can use on the classroom laptop or personal computer.


The following resources are helpful in teaching about hibernation. The SOL's specific to this topic are 1.7, 2.5, 2.7 and 3.4.  In first grade, students need to understand the concepts of migration, hibernation, and habitat, but they do not necessarily need to know the terms. In second grade, students learn how animals respond to changes in the seasons and by third grade they will be able to describe and explain hibernation.


Hibernation (Patterns in Nature series)
Margaret Hall

This book offers great close-up shots of animals in their dens and explains the hibernation cycle, along with resources for further reading and online research with Fact Hound, Capstones own cartoon icon for active learning.


What Is Hibernation? (Science of Living Things)
John Crossingham

This book offers full-color photographs and vivid text that combine to give readers a view of the many different ways that animals hibernate.

The Magic School Bus Sleeps for the Winter (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)
Eva Moore

This book in the popular Magic School Bus series takes readers on a ride to learn all about how different kinds of animals survive through the winter.


Animals Hibernating How Animals Survive Extreme Conditions
Pamela Hickman

Readers will find out which animals hibernate and why, the difference between true hibernators and deep sleepers, where animals hibernate, what happens while they hibernate, and much more. This book is packed with illustrations, facts, activities and easy-to-do experiments.


Why Do Bears Sleep All Winter?: A Book about Hibernation
Jane Duden and Bernd Heinrich

In this “First Facts, Why in the world?” nonfiction book designed for readers in kindergarten through third grade, each chapter is a question that is answered in several paragraphs along with accompanying photographs. The photographs are interesting and entertaining for young readers. A short glossary is included, followed by a list of related books, Internet sites, and an index. Words printed in bold type in the text are listed with meanings in the glossary.

Teacher / Parent Resources

  • Brainpopjr is a subscription website, but offers a 30 day free trial. This page provides background information about hibernation and fun activities and lesson ideas.
  • This is a fun worksheet to use at the end of a unit on hibernation. It is probably best for first grade.
  • This worksheet is suitable for second or third graders and can be used as a review of the hibernation unit or as a quiz.
  • This website is a great resource for second and third grade units on hibernation and includes interactive SmartBoard activities.
  • This is a word search worksheet that identifies 16 different animals that hibernate. It is appropriate for second and third grade.

Student Resources

  • This is an interactive ThinkQuest for students to use as a resource to extend their study of hibernation. It has interesting facts, games and links for more information about hibernation.
  • This is an online game where the student matches the animal to either the word "hibernate" or "migrate". This is suitable for 3rd graders.
  • This is an interactive online game where you have to find all the animal pairs to uncover the photo of animals that hibernate! When you find a match, a part of the photo gets revealed. Hibernating animal cards include the following pictures: squirrel, bat, badger, frog, butterfly, ladybug, bear, racoon, turtle and skunk. Each time you play, the cards get shuffled around.
  • This website provides the reader with information about what hibernation is and includes a word mix-up at the end as an assessment of the material read. This would be suitable for second or third grade.
  • This link provides a video about hibernation.

Kindergarten Counting

The following links are resources that will be helpful in teaching Kindergarten counting. Use these resources when planning lessons and activities for VA SOL K.2: The student, given a set containing 15 or fewer concrete objects, will a) tell how many are in the set by counting orally; b)write the numeral to tell how many are in the set; and c)select the corresponding numeral from a given set of numerals.

Rainbow Fish 1, 2, 3: by Marcus Pfister.

 In this book, young children’s favorite fish teaches them about the numbers one to ten. The illustrations are bright and colorful and boldly highlight each numeral. This interactive book is a great introduction to counting.

One Monkey Too Many: by Jackie French Koller and Lynn Munsinger

This silly monkey counting book is written in rhyme and has funny and exciting illustrations. Children read and count as the mischevious monkeys create chaos on every page.

The Twelve Days of Kindergarten: A Counting Book: by Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis

This book is set to the familiar tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. It uses a cumulative counting verse to illustrate the excitement of the kindergarten experience. There are objects to count on every page and children will enjoy the silliness in all of the illustrations.

Mouse Count: by Ellen Stohl-Walsh

Mouse Count is a counting game story about ten little mice trying to escape the jaws of a slithery snake. Readers count forwards and backwards to ten in this lively, dramatic book.

The Baker’s Dozen: A Counting Book: by Dan Anderson

This counting book uses rhyme and mouth-watering illustrations to captivate the reader and make counting fun and tasty with a two-line verse for each number from one to twelve. It is about a jolly baker who bakes all morning and then opens the doors to his 13 ( a baker’s dozen) eager customers.

Web Annotations:
Number Train In this game, students have to put the boxcars in order from 1-10 and while they are choosing a number, objects pop up for them to count. This reinforces one-to-one correspondence.
Count Your Chickens Students have to count the number of objects and then click on the corresponding numeral. If they choose and incorrect number, each object is highlighted so they can count along and find the correct answer.
Count To 10 reinforces one-to-one correspondence by instructing students to click on a box and then click the matching number of objects or numeral.
Count Us In is a game that has two levels; easy and hard. In the hard level, the student counts the objects and enters both the number and number word. In the easy level, the student counts the objects and enters the number.
Tracy’s Matching Game features a character from PBS. It is a memory type game where the students have to click on the cards to match the picture to the number.

Additional Resources:
Kelly’s Kindergarten provides a variety of games to make for students that reinforce numbers, counting and one to one correspondence.
Mrs. Jones is chock full of links to everything math-online activities, math songs, stories, math dictionaries, virtual manipulatives and much more.
Hubbard’s Cupboard is a great site for file folder games, box it bag it games and math tubs.