John Adams Activities & Games

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

If your students are studying about the Revolutionary War or the Founding Fathers of the United States, then use these activities and games to help them learn about John Adams.

A Revolutionary President

Most students know John Adams was the second President of the United States. However, he was also the first vice president, a lawyer, a leader in the American Revolution, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the first to live in the White House.

When students learn about John Adams, they can understand how his ideas impacted the course of a nation. Additionally, students can see how the persistence and courage of men like John Adams truly changed the course of history.

Let's look at some activities and games to help students learn about John Adams.

Declaration of Independence

Materials

  • Copies of the Declaration of Independence

Teacher Directions

  • Discuss with the class the various roles John Adams played leading up to the Revolutionary War, including being a member of the Sons of Liberty, defending British soldiers for the Boston Massacre in court, and serving as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congress.
  • Provide the students with copies of the Declaration of Independence. Read through the document and discuss the meaning of it. Have the students locate John Adams's signature on the document and discuss how this document represents the freedom that Adams and others fought to achieve.
  • Divide the class into small groups.
  • Have each group create a song describing John Adams's contributions and involvement in the American Revolution. Encourage the students to think about the ideas and philosophies Adams was fighting for and the consequences he faced in rebelling against the British.
  • When the students have finished, have them share their songs with the class.

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