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Famous People for Elementary School - Chapter Summary
These well-researched, informative and interesting lessons are presented in a lively and engaging style that makes learning about famous people easy and fun. Equally adaptable as a resource for test review, homework help or as a way to enhance your regular social studies program, this resource can be a valuable addition to your toolbox. The lessons are quite short, lasting no more than ten minutes, so your students' attention is caught and held. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz and chapter test so that you can monitor your students' progress and retention of the material.
Who It's For
Kids who need extra help learning about famous people throughout history will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about famous people.
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding facts about people like Mahatma Gandhi
- Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about famous people
- 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 people
- 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 famous historical people 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 to reinforce learning about famous people.
- Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify your student understands famous people by completing the Famous People for Elementary School chapter exam.
1. Biography of Mahatma Gandhi: Lesson for Kids
Learn about a civil rights leader who changed a nation by using peaceful protests to gain equal rights for the people of India. See how Mahatma Gandhi, better known as Gandhi, dedicated his life to improving the life of others.
2. Leonardo da Vinci Facts: Lesson for Kids
Leonardo da Vinci is most famous for his beautiful paintings, like the Mona Lisa. But he did so much more than just works of art. Learn about all the things that made Leonardo such a special person.
3. Albert Einstein Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Have you ever heard of the theory of relativity? That was the work of a man named Albert Einstein. In this lesson we will learn about this well-known German physicist.
4. Alexander Graham Bell Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Alexander Graham Bell worked on many scientific inventions, including the telephone. Read on to learn more about this inventor and the characteristics that led him to his greatest work.
5. Alexander the Great Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
What do you think someone has to do to get the word great added to their name? Read on to learn about Alexander the Great's life and what he did that was so great.
6. Amerigo Vespucci Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Many of us have been taught that Christopher Columbus 'discovered' America, right? Then why are Americans called 'Americans'? Read on to find out about a different explorer who had two continents named after him.
7. Beethoven Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
The deaf German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven was very influential to the music field. He lived in the last 1700's and early 1800's, but his music is still played and heard today around the world. In this lesson you will learn about Beethoven and his life.
8. Blackbeard Facts: Lesson for Kids
Have your ever dreamed of sailing the high seas under a flag of the skull and crossbones? Pirates are pretty exciting to think about and no pirate is more famous than Blackbeard. This lesson will teach you all you need to know about this notorious swashbuckler.
9. Ferdinand Magellan Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Guess which explorer is said to have been the first to sail all across the world but never actually did? It was Ferdinand Magellan. Learn more about this famous explorer.
10. Francisco Coronado Facts: Lesson for Kids
One of the great explorers in history, Francisco Coronado, was the first European to travel through much of the American Southwest, including the Grand Canyon. Learn about his life and his expedition through the United States in this lesson.
11. Galileo Galilei Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Galileo Galilei was a revolutionary scientists who lived during the Renaissance period. During his lifetime he made many discoveries that influence our lives even today. In this lesson, you'll learn about this famous scientist.
12. Isaac Newton Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Imagine being so smart that Albert Einstein calls you the smartest person who ever lived. Wouldn't that be awesome! That really is what Einstein said about Sir Isaac Newton. Read on to find out more about one of the smartest people ever!
13. Pablo Picasso Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Pablo Picasso was an artist from the 1900s. In this lesson, you will read how Picasso helped to change art. Picasso also helped to change how people thought about art.
14. Adolf Hitler Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Adolf Hitler is responsible for the mass murder of millions of people in the 1930s and 1940s. Learn about his childhood, his rise to power and his role in World War II.
15. Anne Frank Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Anne Frank lived a short life, but her words will survive for a long time. In this lesson, you will read the story of a girl who went into hiding and how her words survived and were read by millions of people.
16. Captain James Cook Facts: Lesson for Kids
The maps we have today weren't always complete! Explorers like Captain James Cook were often responsible for being the first person to set eyes on some of the parts of the world that are known to us today. In this lesson, you will learn about Captain James Cook and some of his adventures.
17. Charles Darwin Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Imagine taking a 5-year journey to observe and document people, animals, and plants on the other side of the globe. Charles Darwin had such an experience, and this lesson will teach you about how his expedition shaped modern scientific thought.
18. Clara Barton Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Clara Barton is most remembered for being the founder of the American Red Cross, but before that time Clara was a woman who changed lives by helping wounded soldiers and working as a teacher. In this lesson, we will learn about Barton's life and legacy.
19. Cleopatra Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Cleopatra was the one of the most famous Egyptian queens in history. In this lesson, you will learn about her 21-year reign as Queen Of Egypt and how she worked hard in order to make sure her country was successful.
20. Elizabeth Blackwell Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
In this lesson, you'll learn about Elizabeth Blackwell and the obstacles she had to overcome to become the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States.
21. Florence Nightingale Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Florence Nightingale is one of the most famous women in history. In this lesson you will learn about her childhood, what she wanted to be in life, and how she accomplished that.
22. Harry Houdini Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
One man, Harry Houdini, was passionate about magic and entertaining people. He was well-known for his ability to escape handcuffs, locks, and straitjackets. In this lesson, you'll learn about the famous magician and illusionist, Harry Houdini.
23. Hernan Cortes Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
This lesson will talk about Hernan Cortes, a famous explorer and conquistador from Spain in the 1500s. Learn about his life and adventures and how he conquered Mexico.
24. Hernando de Soto Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Hernando de Soto set sail at about age 14 and became one of the most famous Spanish explorers of all time. Just imagine what it must have been like. Read on to find out more about this adventurous man.
25. Jacques Cartier Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Jacques Cartier was a French explorer who discovered the area that is Canada today. Learn about his travels, his successes, and his disappointments on his journeys.
26. Jane Goodall Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Jane Goodall has spent more than 40 years studying chimpanzees. In this lesson, you will learn about the extraordinary life of this scientist and the discoveries she made while living among wild chimpanzees in Africa.
27. Joan of Arc Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Joan of Arc or Jeanne d'Arc is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Joan was made a saint because she was killed for her belief that God was guiding her. Joan's bravery and faith are still remembered today.
28. John Cabot Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
This lesson describes the life of John Cabot, an Italian who sailed for England in 1497. Cabot was looking for a faster way to get to Asia from England, but ended up finding a whole new land - Canada.
29. Juan Ponce de Leon Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Meet Ponce de Leon, a famous Spanish solider and explorer who is not only credited with naming Florida, but also built settlements on many Caribbean islands. You'll learn about this influential man who helped expand the Spanish empire during the 1500s.
30. Julius Caesar Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
This lesson will explore Julius Caesar, a famous political figure during the rise of the Roman Republic. Learn about his early life, his rise to dictatorship, and how he continues to impact the world today.
31. King Tut Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Believe it or not, there once was a king who ruled ancient Egypt at the age of nine! In this lesson, you will learn all about the significance of King Tutankhamun's life and the discovery of his tomb 3,000 years later.
32. Leif Erikson Facts: Lesson for Kids
This lesson will introduce you to Leif Erikson, a Viking explorer who found North America long before Christopher Columbus. Learn about his life, his travels, and his discoveries.
33. Louis Pasteur Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will introduce you about Louis Pasteur, one of the most well-known scientists. It describes his life and some of his discoveries, which continue to shape science and medicine today.
34. Marco Polo Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Do you love the booms and sizzles of a good fireworks show? What about the feel of folding a five-dollar bill to put in your pocket? If so, you can thank Marco Polo. Learn about Marco Polo's life and his travels to China, where he found some of the important ideas and items we use today.
35. Marie Curie Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Marie Sklodowska-Curie was a famous scientist. She is most remembered for her brilliant work in chemistry and physics, and she discovered two elements on the periodic table.
36. Michelangelo Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Michelangelo was a famous painter, sculptor, and architect. He is considered one of the greatest artists of his time. This lesson highlights the most important facts about his creative genius.
37. Mother Teresa Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Mother Teresa made it her life's work to make the world a better place. In this lesson, you will learn about the way she and her followers served (and still serve) the neediest people in our world.
38. Mozart Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will introduce you to Wolfgang Mozart, who is considered one of the greatest composers of all time. You will learn about his early start in composing, his rise to fame, and his life as a musician and chamber composer.
39. Nelson Mandela Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson will familiarize you with Nelson Mandela, a prominent figure in ending apartheid in South Africa. Learn about his early life, his rise to presidency, and how his movement continues to impact the world today.
40. Pocahontas Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Pocahontas was a Powhatan princess who became a legendary figure portrayed in many stories and movies. In this lesson, we'll explore Pocahontas, her life, and how she became a symbol of peace between her Native American people and the English.
41. Robin Hood Facts: Lesson for Kids
Who is Robin Hood? Is he a real person or a fictional character? Why is he so famous? This lesson will answer these questions and the very interesting tale of the legend of Robin Hood.
42. Sacagawea Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Have you ever hiked in the woods? What if you had to help a whole group of men navigate the wilderness! That was the job of Sacagawea, a Native American woman who helped the famous Lewis and Clark with their expeditions across the Wild West.
43. Samuel De Champlain Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
This lesson is about Samuel de Champlain, an explorer from France who settled part of Canada. Find out about his life, his travels, and his maps, which were some of the first of this part of the world.
44. Sir Francis Drake Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Sir Francis Drake was one of the most successful English Sea Dogs of all time! In this lesson, you will find out what led to this success and the importance of Sir Francis Drake to the English Crown.
45. St. Patrick Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was so loved by the Irish people that the date of his death, March 17th, is remembered every year around the world.
46. Vasco Da Gama Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
This lesson will familiarize you with Vasco da Gama, the first person to travel from Europe to India by water. Learn about his early life and his voyages around the world.
47. Vasco Nunez De Balboa Facts: Lesson for Kids
This lesson talks about Vasco Nunez De Balboa, one of the Spanish conquistadors who explored the Americas in the early 1500s. Learn about his life, travels, and how he became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
48. Vincent Van Gogh Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Teacher, minister and missionary, Vincent van Gogh was an interesting man who in the end devoted his life to art. In this lesson, we will learn about some people who inspired him, his art style and some famous paintings.
49. William Morris Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
William Morris was a man of many talents. He was the 19th century's most influential designer. However, he didn't stop at designing: he also wrote and supported nature in design. In this lesson you'll learn about Morris and all his interesting jobs.
50. William Shakespeare Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Have you ever been 'in a pickle' or on what seemed like 'a wild goose chase'? These phrases come from the plays of the famous poet and writer William Shakespeare. Learn more about Shakespeare in this lesson.
51. William Wallace Facts: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson you will learn about William Wallace, a Scottish rebel who fought against the English. After the lesson you will know more about Wallace's background, the Scottish rebellion, Wallace's rise to knighthood, and finally his capture and death.
52. Winston Churchill Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography
Sir Winston Churchill was an important person in both British and American history. Let's learn about his life and uncover some interesting facts about him now.
53. Martin Luther & the Reformation Lesson for Kids: Facts & History
Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther started one of the biggest changes in all of history called the Reformation against the Catholic Church. In this lesson, learn about why Luther wanted to see change, what he did to stand up for what he believed in, and how it created new religions.
54. Dian Fossey Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
This lesson talks about Dian Fossey, a brave woman who left her home in the United States to go live with mountain gorillas in Africa. Find out about her work and life.
55. Explorers of Antarctica: Lesson for Kids
For over a hundred years, people have been venturing to Antarctica to try and explore this icy continent. This lesson will look at some of the more famous explorers and what they accomplished.
56. Nobel Prize Lesson for Kids: Definition, History, & Facts
Who doesn't like winning awards? The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the history of the world. Come and learn about what this prize is, its history and some people who have won it.
57. Nobel Peace Prize Lesson for Kids: Definition & Information
A peaceful world is a situation that should be striven for. For those people who go above and beyond to help this cause, recognition is granted through the Nobel Peace Prize. Read on to learn more about this important award.
58. Simon Bolivar Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts
Simón Bolívar was born in Venezuela, and he played a significant role in South America gaining independence from Spain. In this lesson, learn about Simón Bolívar's early life, how he became a military leader, and how he fought against Spanish control of South America.
59. Famous Chemists: Lesson for Kids
There have been many famous scientists called chemists that have made important discoveries. Come learn about some of these chemists, what they discovered and some other interesting facts about them.
60. Muhammed Ali Project Ideas
Use these project ideas for a unit on Muhammad Ali. These ideas give students the opportunity to practice research skills and delve more deeply into the experience of one of America's preeminent sports figures whose impact went well beyond the ring.
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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
- Colonial America for Elementary School
- Native American History for Elementary School
- Famous Americans 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
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- Roman Leaders for Kids
- Castle History for Elementary School
- History of Christianity for Kids
- Civil Rights Activists for Elementary School