Putting together an Abraham Lincoln unit study can easily be done with the videos, books, printables, and other resources I’ve assembled in this post for you. Simply read through the ideas and select the ones that work best for your family.
As always, preview everything to make sure it is appropriate for your family. By way of a few additional notes:
- If you are new to learning with unit studies, you will find this post of mine helpful: How To Easily Create a Themed Unit Study.
- If you are also looking for things specifically related to Presidents’ Day, I have an extensive post with a Presidents’ Day Unit Study.
This is a mini biography about Lincoln.
The home where his mother died and he learned to read.
Virtual Tour of Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois Home
See Lincoln’s home with this virtual tour.
What Was in Lincoln’s Pockets?
See the contents of President Lincoln’s pockets in this short video filmed at the Library of Congress.
Ford’s Theater Museum
Take an online tour and see the highlights of the museum at Ford’s Theater.
Abraham Lincoln Picture Books
Read all about this remarkable man in a variety of picture books.
Note: I have a post about Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books with several homeschooling ideas related specifically to that aspect of Lincoln’s life.
Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
A few books to explore both Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
Lincoln Activities and Printables
Geography – Use maps of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. to mark all of the places where Lincoln lived and worked. Use a map of the United States to note other aspects of his life you wish to explore (travel as President, Civil War related events, etc.).
Memorization – Older students can memorize and recite The Gettysburg Address.
Art – Using a video in this post as a guide, create a diorama of one of the homes.
Writing – Use one or more pages from the Unit Study Activity Pack to complete a grade-level appropriate writing project such as:
- newspaper article
- original story
Poetry – Read “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman and discuss.
Creative – Create a travel brochure for Lincoln’s Illinois home.
Vocabulary – Many names were used for The Civil War. A few are listed below. Research and discuss why different names such as these were used and who used them. How did President Lincoln describe the conflict?
- The Civil War
- War Between the States
- War of Northern Aggression
- War For Southern Independence
- Mr. Lincoln’s War
Timeline – Construct a timeline of the most important events in Lincoln’s life.
Research – The Library of Congress has an extensive online collection of materials about Abraham Lincoln that you can peruse with your children. There is lots there to provoke discussions about all aspects of Lincoln’s life.
More America-Themed Printables
If your child enjoys learning with printables, then don’t miss the related America-themed sections of my shop: