This week’s installment in the series ABC’s of American History is all about JFK. I honestly do not know very much about him besides his assassination. Sad but true. I had to watch videos and do some research in order to find resources for this post.
John F. Kennedy was the youngest person to be elected president at the age of 43. He was also the first Roman Catholic ever elected to the presidency of the United States. He was elected by a very narrow margin and served for less than three years yet he became one of America’s most beloved leaders.
Kennedy is known for many different political acts during his presidency like the launch of the Peace Corps, the Bay of Pigs, and some Civil Rights involvement. He did not get to complete his political agenda as proposed. John F. Kennedy was our 35th president and did not serve a full-term due to his assassination on November 22, 1963. He left behind a wife, daughter and son.
Calendar Connections President’s Printables from 1plus1plus1equals1
John F Kennedy Fast Facts from About.com
John F Kennedy Biography on About.com
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Presidential Unit from Easy Fun School
Free President’s lapbook found on Homeschool Share
President John F. Kennedy Learning games and trivia from Apples 4 Teacher
President Notebooking Page from The Notebooking Fairy
Study on John F. Kennedy taken from “American Culture” Winter Promise
50 Facts About the JFK Assassination from AARP Bulletin
JFK: the 1960 election and Foreign Policy from Hot Chalk Lesson Plans
History Mini Units for Busy Families from Planet Smarty Pants
I learn best via auditory and visual methods so these choices are great for my learning. Maybe you have auditory or visual learners as well who would best benefit from some of these short videos and interviews.
John F. Kennedy on the History Channel
American Experience JFK Teacher Resources from PBS
Field Trip Ideas:
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (lots of free resources, newsletter, teacher guides)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site from National Park Service
Virtual Tour of Kennedy Home from NPS
Books and Kindle Resources (Amazon Affiliate links):
Another great installment of the ABC’s of American History series. Have you missed a few? Check out the entire series below: