About This Chapter
Famous Americans for Elementary School - Chapter Summary
Larger-than-life individuals like Abraham Lincoln become familiar friends in these lessons on famous Americans. Students study their timelines and biographical information in short video and text lessons that are bright, entertaining and fun while presenting well-researched and comprehensive information. This resource can become a powerful supplement to what students are already studying in the classroom, and can also serve as test preparation and homework help. You can monitor their progress and check for mastery using the lesson quizzes and chapter exam, and the dashboard provides an excellent organizational tool.
Who It's For
Kids who need extra help with social studies will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about famous Americans.
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding facts about such Americans as Thurgood Marshall and Albert Einstein
- Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about famous Americans
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social studies (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about famous Americans
- Students who struggle to understand their social studies teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra social studies resources
How It Works
- Find lessons in the chapter that cover social studies your student needs to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocabulary words to reinforce learning about famous Americans.
- Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify your student understands famous Americans by completing the Famous Americans for Elementary School chapter exam.
1. Abraham Lincoln Lesson for Kids: Biography & Timeline
In this lesson, we'll learn about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. We'll discuss his family life, his journey to the White House, and his untimely death, then you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.
2. Abraham Lincoln's Accomplishments: Lesson for Kids
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous presidents in U.S. history. From fighting slavery to building up our economy, he worked hard to improve the lives of everyone in the United States. The impacts of his work still affect each of us today, in more ways than you might realize.
3. Timeline for Albert Einstein: Lesson for Kids
Read this lesson to learn about Albert Einstein and the important milestones in his life. Read about the famous scientist from his birth in Ulm, Germany, to his death in Princeton, New Jersey, and his contributions to science in between.
4. Thurgood Marshall for Kids
In this lesson, we'll discuss Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. We'll explore his life and accomplishments, especially those related to civil rights.
5. Thurgood Marshall Speeches
Thurgood Marshall did great things in the United States as the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In this lesson we will learn about the speeches he gave that spoke of equality.
6. George Washington Carver's Inventions: Lesson for Kids
George Washington Carver was an inventor who loved plants. He is credited with over 300 inventions and nicknamed 'Peanut Man' because of his most famous inventions. Learn more about this kindly inventor.
7. George Washington Carver Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Let's learn about how George Washington Carver used a little creative thinking, careful study and a kind heart to help make the world a little better.
8. Thomas Edison Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will teach you about the life of Thomas Edison, a famous American inventor. It will go over his childhood, early careers, and the inventions that made him famous. One of his inventions is something you probably use every day!
9. Susan B. Anthony Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Susan B. Anthony was a woman who lived in the 1800s who believed that women and men should have equal rights - something that they didn't have in her day. Learn about Susan's life, her work on women's rights, and how she influenced the civil rights movement.
10. Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great speaker, and he led people during a very important time in America. He was also a scholar, a minister, and a civil rights activist. Learn about this man who became a living legend.
11. Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.: Lesson for Kids
Dr.Martin Luther King was a man of peace. He fought for equality for all people, and was a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. His speeches are some of the most famous words ever spoken.
12. Abigail Adams Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Abigail Adams is most famous for being a First Lady of the United States of America. She was married to John Adams, the second president. Abigail Adams was also the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.
13. Amelia Earhart Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
In this lesson you will learn about the incredible bravery and adventures of Amelia Earhart, the first woman who flew across the Atlantic Ocean alone and almost flew around the world.
14. Andrew Jackson Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Ready for some presidential trivia? Which U.S. president spent nearly half of his life with a bullet stuck in his chest after a duel? It was Andrew Jackson. Read on for more interesting facts about our 7th president.
15. Barack Obama Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Here's a riddle. Who loves basketball, doesn't like ice cream and made history in 2008? If you guessed Barack Obama, you're right. This lesson will give a quick overview of his life and career.
16. Benedict Arnold Facts: Lesson for Kids
Benedict Arnold was an American soldier during the Revolution who ended up fighting against his own country for the British. Come learn about Benedict Arnold, how he became a traitor, why there is a statue of his boot without his name, and some other interesting facts about him.
17. Benjamin Banneker Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
A man of many interests, Benjamin Banneker was a self-taught free African American who lived from 1731-1806. He advocated for racial equality, but also was interested in many scientific fields. In this lesson, you will learn about the African American scientist, Banneker.
18. Benjamin Franklin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Do you know anyone who has been struck by lightning? Well, in this lesson, you'll learn about Benjamin Franklin, who flew a kite during a lightning storm, and find out why he's known as one of our country's Founding Fathers.
19. Bessie Coleman Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
In this lesson we will learn about Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license. After the lesson, you will know about her early life growing up, becoming a pilot, and the public shows she put on that made her famous.
20. Betsy Ross Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Betsy Ross has been credited with making the first American flag, does this story agree with the historical facts? Let's take a closer look at Betsy, her life, and her connection to the creation of the American flag.
21. Bill Clinton Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will familiarize you with William 'Bill' Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Learn about his early life, his rise to presidency, and how he continues to impact the world today.
22. Bill Gates Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Bill Gates is one of the richest and most influential people in the world. He has changed the technology world and strives to make the world a better place through his charitable work. Let's learn about Bill Gates, his life, and his accomplishments.
23. Booker T. Washington Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
In this lesson you will learn about Booker T. Washington, an American educator, author, speaker, and presidential adviser. He is most famous for founding the Tuskegee Institute. Read on to learn more!
24. Frederick Douglass Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Frederick Douglass started his life as a slave in the early 1800s, but he would be remembered for his bravery and his life's work as a writer and speaker against slavery.
25. George W. Bush Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. Come learn about his family, his life in Texas, his time in the White House, and some interesting facts about President Bush.
26. George Washington Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Brave, courageous, strong, smart, and humble are just some of the words used to describe George Washington, the first leader of our country. Read about this man who was right in the middle of the beginning of our country.
27. Georgia O'Keeffe Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the most important female artists, both in the United States of America and the world. She is most remembered for her paintings of flowers and the colors of New Mexico.
28. Ulysses S. Grant Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th president of the United States. Learn about his childhood and his life before, during and after his two terms in the White House.
29. Ruby Bridges Lesson for Kids
Learn about Ruby Bridges, who at the age of 6 became the first African-American in an all-white school in the South and helped pave the way for equality in schools. Read to find out how Ruby Bridges inspired many through her bravery as a little girl.
30. Annie Oakley Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Annie Oakley, nicknamed Little Sure Shot, was known as an incredible female sharpshooter in the 1880s. In this lesson, we will learn about Annie Oakley and her life in the American West.
31. Cesar Chavez Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Cesar Chavez was born to immigrant parents who were farm workers. He dedicated his life to improving the working conditions for farm workers. In this lesson you will learn about Chavez and the difficulties he faced.
32. Daniel Boone Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Daniel Boone is known as one of the greatest explorers and pioneers of the 1700s. During this lesson, you'll learn how Daniel Boone helped expand the United States by discovering Kentucky and become a folk hero.
33. Eleanor Roosevelt Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Learn about Eleanor Roosevelt, a First Lady who accomplished many important firsts. We will learn about her childhood, her time in the White House with President Franklin Roosevelt, and her work later in life.
34. Harriet Tubman Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Harriet Tubman is a famous African American who unselfishly led many slaves to freedom in the North. In this lesson you will learn facts about her and important events during her lifetime.
35. Harry Truman Facts: Lesson for Kids
Harry Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, taking office on April 12, 1945, after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Harry Truman presided over the end of World War II, before working to create what he called a Fair Deal for all Americans.
36. Helen Keller Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will introduce you to Helen Keller, a woman who showed the world that people with disabilities can and do succeed! You will learn about her early life, her rise to fame, and the important work she did along the way.
37. Henry Ford Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
This lesson will teach you about Henry Ford, the creator of Ford Motor Company. You will learn about how he got his start with automobile production and how he forever changed the way things were produced.
38. Henry Hudson Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Henry Hudson was a famed explorer who searched for a passage across the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean to Asia. He led four voyages, the final one ending in mystery and the loss of Hudson. Read on to find out about this mystery man.
39. James Madison Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will talk about the life, career, and accomplishments of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and one of the authors of the Constitution.
40. James Monroe Facts: Lesson for Kids
This lesson will introduce you to James Monroe, who was president of the United States in the early 1800s. It talks about his life, his career, and how he changed the United States and its relationship with other countries.
41. Jimmy Carter Facts: Lesson for Kids
Jimmy Carter accomplished many remarkable things during his lifetime. But, he is best known for being the 39th President of the United States. In this lesson, you will learn some facts about the life of Jimmy Carter- before, during, and after his presidency.
42. John Adams Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
What famous person from American history helped write the Declaration of Independence, served as President and Vice-President of the U.S., and defended British soldiers in court? John Adams, of course. Read on to find out more about our second president.
43. John F. Kennedy Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
A lifelong politician, John F. Kennedy was influential during his short time as the 35th president of the United States. He started the well-known program known as Peace Corps, as well as being influential in the Civil Rights Movement.
44. John Hancock Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
John Hancock was not only the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence, but he signed it by far the biggest and top center. You can't miss it! Let's learn more about John Hancock and the contributions he made to American History.
45. John Quincy Adams Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States of America. Before and after his presidency he made many contributions to the country. Let's take a close look at John Quincy Adams, his life and his career.
46. Johnny Appleseed Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
While his character is a folk hero, Johnny Appleseed was actually a man who lived in the 1700's. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the life of Johnny Appleseed, as well as some interesting facts.
47. Lyndon B. Johnson Facts: Lesson for Kids
This lesson will teach you about Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. You will learn about his early years, how he became president, and some highlights from his presidency.
48. Mae Jemison Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
In this lesson, you will learn about Mae Jemison. Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. Find out about her background, how she became an astronaut, her first space mission, and the honors she has received.
49. Malcolm X Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will familiarize you with Malcolm X, a prominent figure in the civil rights movement. Learn about his early life, his rise as a civil rights leader, and how his movement continues to impact the world today.
50. Mary McLeod Bethune Facts: Lesson for Kids
Born into a poor family just after slavery ended in America, Mary McLeod Bethune helped African Americans, especially women, to rise up from poverty and get an education. Read more about this very important teacher and activist.
51. Michelle Obama Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Michelle Obama is an inspiration to many people. She is highly educated and has had many important jobs, one being the First Lady of the United States of America. Read all about her life in this lesson.
52. Molly Pitcher Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
In this lesson, you will learn about the tale of Molly Pitcher, a woman who fought during the Revolutionary War, and the two possible women who might have inspired the name.
53. Neil Armstrong Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and the first person to walk on the moon. Come learn about Neil Armstrong's life, what he did before becoming an astronaut, what he said about walking on the moon, and some other facts about this brave man.
54. Patrick Henry Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Discover why Patrick Henry was considered a statesman and extraordinary orator. You can read about his private and public life, as well as learning his favorite pastime when he was with his children.
55. Paul Revere Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
'The British are coming!' Have you ever heard that phrase before? What does it mean? Who said it? This lesson will introduce a man named Paul Revere and explain why he is so important to the United States.
56. Robert E. Lee Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will talk about General Robert E. Lee, leader of the Confederate Army during the United States Civil War. Learn about his life, his time in the army, and the big role he played in American history.
57. Ronald Reagan Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
You may know that Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, but do you know all of the other interesting things he did before he became president? In this lesson, we will look at the life of this well-liked and well-respected man.
58. Rosa Parks Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Rosa Parks was an ordinary girl who became a legendary woman. Her passion for equality led her to take a stand for fairness for all people. In this lesson, we will have a brief overview of her life and influence.
59. Ruby Bridges Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will teach you about Ruby Bridges, the first African American to attend an all-white school in Louisiana. After reading this lesson, you will have a better understanding of what Ruby went through to be able to go to school.
60. Sally Ride Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Sally Ride was the first American female astronaut. This lesson will teach you about Sally Ride, how she became an astronaut, what she did in space, and some other neat facts about this amazing woman.
61. Sam Houston Facts: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson you will learn many important facts about Sam Houston. You will discover places he lived, worked, and fought. Read on to uncover interesting details about one of our nation's great heroes.
62. Sojourner Truth Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery, but she overcame her circumstances and worked to help African Americans and women gain equal rights. Find out more about this incredible woman in this lesson.
63. Stephen F. Austin Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Stephen F. Austin was a brilliant man who served on the battlefield and in the government office. His name went down in history books as a hero after he led the colonization of Texas. In this lesson, you'll learn many important facts about his legacy.
64. Theodore Roosevelt Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Of all the jobs you might see yourself doing as an adult, is becoming a national leader one of them? Leading a nation requires focus, confidence and a vision of the future. In this lesson you'll explore Theodore Roosevelt's life and accomplishments.
65. Thomas Jefferson Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
His face is on the front of the nickel, and his house is on the back. It's least we could do for Thomas Jefferson, who was president, vice president, and secretary of state of the United States. This lesson talks about his life and accomplishments.
66. Thurgood Marshall Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the grandson of a slave and spent his career fighting for equal rights for all people.
67. Woodrow Wilson Facts: Lesson for Kids
The 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, had a mission and mind set for world peace. He served two terms as President. In this lesson you will learn more interesting facts about the life of President Wilson.
68. Wright Brothers Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
The Wright Brothers used their creativity and inventiveness to design one of the most loved inventions of all time, the airplane. In this lesson, find out what led these two brothers to make possible what others thought was impossible!
69. Famous African American Scientists: Lesson for Kids
Many of the things you use in daily life were created by African American scientists. In this lesson, learn about some significant African American scientists, and learn how their discoveries and accomplishments have improved the lives of others.
70. Jesse Owens Lesson for Kids: Biography, Facts & Timeline
There are many notable American figures, but how did Jesse Owens become one of them? This lesson will focus on the life and accomplishments of Jesse Owens.
71. Jacqueline Kennedy Lesson for Kids: Biography & Information
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is remembered as the stylish, elegant, and intelligent wife of President Kennedy. This lesson focuses on her life before, during, and after the Kennedys' time in the White House.
72. Nellie Bly Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Nellie Bly was a journalist at a time when there were very few women in the workforce. This lesson will teach you about Nellie Bly, her adventures, her inventions, and why she wrote under a fake name!
73. Lee Harvey Oswald Facts: Lesson for Kids
Lee Harvey Oswald became a historical figure when he was accused of assassinating a U.S. President. But who was he? This lesson will focus on the Lee Harvey Oswald's life before and after his infamous action.
74. Bobby Kennedy Lesson for Kids: Speeches, Quotes, & Assassination
This lesson talks about Bobby Kennedy, who was the brother of President John F. Kennedy. Find out why his words left such an impression on people all over the world.
75. Old Chief Joseph Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
During the early years of American history, there were many important Native Americans. Old Chief Joseph was a famous tribal chief in the northwestern part of the United States. In this lesson, you will learn about Old Chief Joseph's life and accomplishments.
76. Dr. Jonas Salk Lesson for Kids: Biography, Facts & Inventions
Dr. Jonas Salk was a doctor who created a vaccine to keep people from catching a disease called polio. Come learn about Dr. Salk, how he kept people from getting sick and some other interesting facts about him.
77. Chief Joseph the Younger Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
In American history, there are many famous Native Americans. One of the most famous Native Americans was Chief Joseph the Younger. In this lesson, you will learn about the life and accomplishments of Chief Joseph the Younger.
78. Samuel Morse Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Samuel Morse is remembered for many things, however, what he is most remembered for changed history forever. In this lesson, discover the man who helped pave the way for the smart phones we use today!
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Other chapters within the Social Studies for Kids course
- Civics & Government for Elementary School
- Early United States History for Elementary School
- Geography for Elementary School
- Famous People for Elementary School
- Colonial America for Elementary School
- Native American History for Elementary School
- Ancient Civilizations for Elementary School
- Inventions Lessons for Elementary School
- European History for Elementary School
- World Conflicts for Elementary School
- Economics for Elementary School
- 20th Century World History for Elementary School
- The Revolutionary War for Elementary School
- Civil War Lessons for Elementary School
- Post-Civil War for Elementary School
- 20th Century American History for Elementary School
- Roman History for Elementary School
- US States for Elementary School
- Countries of the World for Elementary School
- Famous World Landmarks for Elementary School
- Roman Culture for Kids
- Roman Leaders for Kids
- Castle History for Elementary School
- History of Christianity for Kids
- Civil Rights Activists for Elementary School