Lesson Plan

What Would YOU Do?

Hoeing the garden

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Grade Level:
Second Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
History, Language Arts, Leadership, Pioneer America, Reading, Regional Studies, Social Studies
Duration:
30 to 45 minutes each part
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Indiana Curriculum Standards:  2.2.5, 2.2.7, 3.2.5, 4.2.6, 5.2.8

Overview

Abraham Lincoln learned many lessons on responsibility while growing up in Indiana.  This lesson allows the teacher and students to share and talk about responsible actions.

Objective(s)

Students will recognize opportunities to practice responsibility in their own lives.

Students will relate to Abraham Lincoln's childhood dilemmas.

Background

As a young boy growing up in Indiana, Abraham Lincoln learned and practiced the act of taking personal responsibility. Abraham borrowed a biography of George Washington from his neighbor, Josiah Crawford. By some accident the book was exposed to ruined by a rainstorm. Young Abraham acknowledged to Mr. Crawford his accountability. Abraham agreed to work off this debt to Mr. Crawford by pulling fodder (cut the tops from corn) for two days.

Materials

Post-it note pads, copies of worksheets, poster board, books on Lincoln's life

Procedure

Park Connections

Once Abraham Lincoln borrowed Ramsey's Life of Washington from Josiah Crawford, a neighbor. When the rain ruined it, he had to repay him by stripping corn for three days.

Vocabulary

Responsibility