Teacher Tip

Abraham Lincoln


February 12,1809 –April 15, 1865

Served: 1861 – 1865

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.

Everybody likes a compliment.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.

Teaching Tips
Use the quotations to launch several studies:
Vocabulary: thistle, knavery (look up Lincoln speeches and writings for vocabulary words)
Encourage kindness: Collect compliments in a top hat. When it’s full, have a celebration with pretzels dipped in melted almond bark.
Plans: Abe Lincoln believed in plans. Teach students how to make daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
Have a tea tasting. (Guess you ought to avoid serving coffee to elementary students).
Science: plant flower seeds                          

Book:  Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt  Civil War Era Story appropriate for fifth grade




Lincoln: compliments of karenwhimsy.com


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