Lesson Plan

Molding of a Leader: Lesson 2

The Eisenhower Family
The Eisenhower Family in 1902. Dwight is on the far left.
Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
History, U.S. Presidents
one hour
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
PA Education Standards:
History/Social Sciences - 8.1.6
English/Language Arts - 1.2.5 A, 1.5.5 B, 1.6.5 D
Character Education - recognize, identify, exhibit good character
President Eisenhower, Presidents, timelines


In this lesson, students will construct and examine a time line that encompasses the period from the Civil War through the Eisenhower years.  The students will use the time line to choose events they feel gave President Eisenhower and their own family members opportunities to develop the character traits of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Accountability, Caring and Citizenship


Students will examine the time line of Dwight David Eisenhower's life and identify events in Ike's life that would help build good character traits, or times that Ike displayed good character or leadership traits.

Students will create their own time line of events during their life and the lives of other family members that have helped them develop positive character traits.


Molding of a Leader: Lesson 2 Materials
Includes: Parent Letter, His Story Outline, My Story Outline Template


In this lesson, students will examine the time line of Dwight David Eisenhower's life. As they read and discuss His Story with the teacher, students should begin to identify events in Ike's life that would help build good character traits, or times that Ike displayed good character or leadership traits. The poster naming Character Traits should be displayed in the front of the room. Traits should be explained and discussed BEFORE doing this lesson.

One such event would be the command of Camp Colt in Gettysburg. Eisenhower needed to be responsible and trustworthy to lead this new command. Another example would be when General Eisenhower had to make the decision to invade France on June 6, 1944. He had to be responsible and accountable for the decision he finally made.

After several events are discussed in class, the students will be assigned My Story, the timeline that will show events in the student's life and the lives of one or more family members that have helped them build good character.

For example, under the year 1982 the student might list: My grandmother become a mother for the first time and was now responsible for raising a family. Or under the 2010 - 2011 space: I was trustworthy when my brother asked me to keep his Game Boy in a safe place while he went to camp.

The time line, My Story, should be completed at home. The letter explaining the assignment and goal of the unit should accompany the timeline. The letter and timeline follow this page. Teacher discretion should be used on the time needed for students to complete this assignment.

Children will bring in their own timelines and present their stories to the rest of the class. This could be done in a cooperative group environment or as a whole class project. Timelines will then be displayed in the classroom during the rest of the unit.

Note: Please refer to the introduction background information on President Eisenhower to aid you in discussion.

Suggestion for a follow up assignment: Write a set of rules that your family has designed to help you develop into a responsible citizen. You may present your rules as a poem, a drawing, a mobile or with photographs.


Check out the other lessons:
Introduction - Molding of a Leader

Lesson 1 - Defining a Person of Character

Lesson 2 - The Development of Character Over Time

Lesson 3 - Getting on the Right TRRACC - Ike's Stories

Lesson 4 - Defining Responsibility

Site Visit - President Eisenhower : "A Man of Many Hats"

Lesson 5 - Post Visit - Get on the right TRRACC,Trustworthy, Respectful, Responsible, Accountable, Caring, and Citizenship