Jimmy Carter: A Georgia Historical Figure and a Give Away

In Georgia we have study specific historical figures as part of our Social Studies curriculum   In some ways, I find them pretty difficulty and tedious to teach because they are removed for the historical context of the very events that made them famous- we aren't studying Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's.  Just Martin Luther King Jr.  I think this is because in 4th and 5th grade many of these figures are covered in context, but it can make teaching a bit...um, boring.

But the strangest thing?  My kids LOVE them?  They love diving into a person's life and finding out how and why they were important to Georgia.  It boggles my mind!  And it is like that with.every.group.of.of.kids.every.year! Who woulda thunk it?!

One of our last historical figures to study this school year is Jimmy Carter.  Well, Jimmy Carter is interesting, but very difficult to find information about that is second grade appropriate!   I created this 46 page packet to supplement my curriculum!

The packet includes:

The Life of Jimmy Carter Book- A 6 page book that covers the life of Jimmy Carter from childhood to his presidency.  This book includes several cut and paste activities that support reading skills such as sequencing, cause and effect, and fact and opinion.  An answer key is included for each page. In my class, I print the pages as a booklet and staple the pages together.

Contributions and Character Traits Flip Flap Book- This is a three flap book that gives students additional exposure to the terms civility, compassion, and honesty. Students create the flip flap book and glue down the definition of each word and then match examples of how Jimmy Carter exhibited each trait.  An answer key is included.

Jimmy Carter Matching Game- This is a simple 12 card matching game.  Students match questions about Jimmy Carter to the card with the correct answer.  An answer key is included.

Jimmy Carter Venn Diagram- This is a whole group activity.  Students use the cards to create a Venn Diagram comparing Jimmy Carter to themselves.  This can be taped to the white board or on the floor using two hula hoops.  The teacher can start this activity with students to model how to compare a historical figure to themselves and then students can finish independently or in partnerships on the Venn diagram worksheet.
Jimmy Carter Reader’s Theater-  This is a 22 part  reader’s theater written to review the life and contributions of Jimmy Carter.  This would be an excellent review for the assessment.

Jimmy Carter Assessment- Simple assessment that has questions about the life of Jimmy Carter, his contributions, and the meaning of the words honesty, compassion, and civility.  An answer key is included.


I will be giving away a copy of EITHER Jimmy Carter and Me or the Garden of Affixes Craftivity from yesterday to TWO lucky winners!  The winner will chose which packet they prefer.  To enter simply leave your email address below. Winner will be announced Friday, May 3rd after 8:00 pm! I will be doing the SAME giveaway on my Facebook page, so make sure to hop over there to double your chances!!!

Georgia teachers:  Is the Jimmy Carter packet something you would like to see with all the other historical figures?  Which figure(s)  do you need activities for the most? Should I make more of these things?  Thanks!



  1. Love the affixes craftivity!


  2. Both look like great units! Would love to win a copy!


  3. We are writing reports in second (because, um, we have to) so I gave free reign of topics. Although most chose animals, there is also Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Ben Franklin and George Washington! As you said, who woulda thunk it?

    I would love to win your affixes packet. (It's been a while...wonder if my winning mojo is still working?)

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. I am a Georgia 2nd grade teacher too and you are not kidding! It is terrible to find stuff on Jimmy Carter...and forget the frameworks! They are not much help at all! I bet you can guess which unit I would choose! :)
    The Bomb-Diggity Classroom

  5. Yes yes yes!!! I would love Paul revere!!!!!

  6. I would love the Jimmy Carter unit! We're studying him too.


  7. I love the Garden of Affixes pack!

  8. I would love the Jimmy Carter unit!


  9. I would love you affixes. They are so cute!



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