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How Theodore Roosevelt Became a Leader

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies
State Standards:
New York State Standards:
Social Studies Standard 1, History of US and New York: Roles of individuals and groups.
Social Studies Standard 5, Civics, Citizenship and Government: Political systems, Roles of citizens.


How did a sickly child of privilege grow into a soldier, statesman, outdoorsman, scholar, peacemaker and president?

In this free 90-minute program, fifth graders tour the reconstructed birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, the only U.S. President born and raised in New York City. Here at 28 East 20th Street in Manhattan, young “Teedie” learned about leadership from his family, his studies, his city and his own battles with asthma. His father, an ally of President Lincoln, used his inherited wealth for good works, such as founding museums and children’s hospitals, while taking time to mentor orphan children. Tutored at home, Roosevelt studied leaders from the past and present, such as Washington and Lincoln.

Maximum 35 students total (in two shifts). Reservations and a minimum two week advance notice are required. To reserve this free program, call 212-260-1616.


This guide will present an overview of the program along with pre- and post-visit activities.

Download How Theodore Roosevelt Became a Leader: Childhood of an American President

This selection of reading materials will enhance knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt's life and achievements.

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Last updated: November 25, 2015