President’s or Prime Minister’s Portfolio

Why

How are elections held? What do government leaders do? Begin with a briefcase that opens up new branches of learning.


Steps

1. Learn about leaders. Find out how and when the leaders of your country are chosen. Learn about the jobs that presidents and prime ministers do. What are the names and accomplishments of your country’s leaders since you were born? Your grandparents? From your country’s beginning? Here’s a way to record what you learn.


2. Make a briefcase. Fold a large rectangle of construction paper in half lengthwise or use a recycled file folder. On more construction paper, draw two handles with Crayola Twistables®. Cut them out using Crayola Scissors. Glue them to the inside top of the folded paper with a Crayola Glue Stick.


3. Keep track of history. On the front of the briefcase, draw a picture of a president or prime minister. Fill the outside with more pictures to describe the person’s life. For example, a cherry tree could symbolize George Washington, the first U.S. president. Inside the portfolio draw or write more information, such as years in office and what was accomplished.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Swap portfolios so you can see how your classmates interpreted what they heard or read.
  • Have a class discussion on the difference between historical fact and legend, using examples from the leader’s life and students’ work.
  • Assessment: Verify accuracy of symbols and information.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Twistables®
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students identify how and when their country’s leaders are chosen.

  • Students research information about their country’s leaders, past and present.

  • Students record their knowledge about one leader with symbols and written descriptions.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards