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Overview


Subject/Sub-Subject: Language Arts/Other


Title: George Washington's Teeth


Summary:

Student's learn about George Washington's teeth through the book George Washington's Teeth and are introduced to primary sources.


Understanding Goal

Students learn about George Washington's teeth through the book and are introduced to primary sources.

Investigative Question

Grade(s): K, preK
Audience: General
Learners:
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

Field Tests

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Sources

George Washington's Teeth

Understanding Goal

Students learn about George Washington's teeth through the book and are introduced to primary sources.

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Washington crossing the Delaware The Prayer at Valley Forge / painted by H. Brueckner ; engd. by John C. McRae. George Washington, head-and-shoulders portrait George Washington, first president of the United States. [Book plate print depicting George Washington, sitting in saddle on a horse and holding a sword].

Required Materials

Files

mazziotti_d_history1_E.pdf

Directions

Introduction

Step 1 These various documents and portraits were printed and used for a preview activity with Kindergarten. Students were asked to identify the man in the portrait and to say whether it represented the past of the present. Questions determined student's prior knowledge of George Washington. Brief introduction to the idea of a whole book being written about GW"s teeth is given. (Most think his teeth were wooden. They weren't.)

Best Practices


Analysis of Student Learning


Students were able to view George Washington's handwriting through his letters. Students more readily understood that Washington was a person and not just an American icon. Students recognized the prints we previewed as prints hanging in the classroom during President's week. Students realized that some illustrations in the book were based on original portraits.


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Reflections and Recommendations


I would either have more copies of the prints on hand to pass around for students to study or use a data projector to enlarge the item. Print/show more portraits relevant to the time period, not just the ones of George Washington in order to have a broader conversation about life in Colonial American. After reading the book associated with the lesson, have students look again at the preview items and see if they have any changed perceptions about what is portrayed.


Credits

Authors and Contributors

Diane Mazziotti
Arlington Traditional Elementary School, Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

Thumbnail Library of Congress Item
Washington crossing the Delaware Leutze, E. c1907. Washington crossing the Delaware. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, RR-Detroit Publishing Company Collection.
The Prayer at Valley Forge / painted by H. Brueckner ; engd. by John C. McRae. Brueckner, H. 1866. The Prayer at Valley Forge / painted by H. Brueckner ; engd. by John C. McRae. Library of Congress: American Memory, By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present.
George Washington, head-and-shoulders portrait Stuart, Gilbert (c1900-1920). George Washington, head-and-shoulders portrait. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, RR-Detroit Publishing Company Collection.
George Washington, first president of the United States. Unknown. 1828?. George Washington, first president of the United States. Library of Congress: American Memory, By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present.
[Book plate print depicting George Washington, sitting in saddle on a horse and holding a sword]. Chicago Daily News, Inc. 1926. [Book plate print depicting George Washington, sitting in saddle on a horse and holding a sword]. Library of Congress: American Memory, Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933.