Teddy Roosevelt: A Singular Life
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Theodore Roosevelt Day
(His birthday is October 27th)
Set up five stations around your classroom, with one of the following activities at each station.
Have your students bring in anything that is shaped like a bear. (Teddy Grahams, bear shaped cake, cookies, etc…)
Display examples of TR depicted in political cartoons. Have each student make a political cartoon about Teddy Roosevelt or any of the other three progressive presidents.
Have students write a Bio-poem from TR’s first and last names. They should begin each line of the poem with a letter from his name. Each line of the poem must contain a fact about Teddy Roosevelt’s life and / or career. You may want to provide additional resources for your students to review while working on this project. (chronologies, biographies, web sites, etc…)
During Roosevelt’s administration the idea of a national park system began to grow substantially. Students can select one of two activities at this station.
2. Make a travel brochure for one of the parks TR established. (You may want to provide several examples.)
Roosevelt was unique to his time and to his party in that he believed that the government should take an active role in creating a level playing field. One of the things he did was to go after monopolies. Another was to push for laws that would improve products, such as the Pure Food and Drug Act. At this station, students would read excerpts from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. After reading the excerpts, each student should write two new important points from their reading.