Who Was Book Series: Presidents with Printable Bookmarks

Check out these note taking bookmarks for the Who Was...Presidents series.

Do you have a favorite book series in your classroom or homeschool?  Our absolute favorite book series for read alouds is the Who Was….. Series.  There are so many different groups of people you can study with them: inventors, authors, sports figures, artists, musicians, etc. If you haven’t read one of these books, they are comprehensive biographies full of lots of historical sidebars that children ages 5-12 will enjoy and learn from.  Honestly, I learn a ton from them, too!

Check out these note taking bookmarks for the Who Was...Presidents series.

Since Presidents’ Day is coming,  I decided to make a list of all of the books in the series that covered US Presidents.  I was a little bummed to find only 11 of our 45 presidents have a book in the series, so far.  Hopefully, more will be coming!  I was excited to find that five first ladies also have a biography in the series!

I went ahead and made printable bookmarks that can be used to take notes while reading the books.  You can download them at the bottom of the page.  These are great for teaching children note taking skills.  There are basic questions such as birth and death dates, years of presidency, etc.  But, there are also more open ended sections, such as ‘Childhood’ and ‘Presidential Happenings’ that require everyone to determine the most important information from the book to write down.  Some children can easily pick out the big events, but some children will want to include every detail so coaching them through identifying big events vs. small details will be necessary.  You may want to complete the bookmark as a group or you may want to have older children complete their own bookmarks.  Your children could even use the notes on the bookmark to write a summary of the person’s life at the end of the book.  Another fun way we like to follow-up on what we have learned is using our US President Sorting Mats, which you can check out here.

Check out these note taking bookmarks for the Who Was...Presidents series. Check out these note taking bookmarks for the Who Was...Presidents series.

 

 

 

 

 

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The List of Who Was….? President and First Lady Books

And now for the list of books in chronological order:

Who Was George Washington?

So there is no Who Was John Adams, but Abigail got her own book: Who Was Abigail Adams?

Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

Who Was Andrew Jackson?

Who Was Abraham Lincoln?

Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?

Who Was Theodore Roosevelt?

Who Was Woodrow Wilson?

Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? and  Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?

Who Was John F. Kennedy? and Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy?

Who Was Ronald Reagan?

So no Bill Clinton, but Hillary has her own book: Who Is Hillary Clinton?

Who Is Barack Obama? (Note: this was written in 2009 so it does not contain much of his presidency.) and Who Is Michelle Obama?

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