Lesson Plan

Focus on Founding Fathers

This lesson will allow students to explore the backgrounds and contributions of the Founding Fathers by completing an online scavenger hunt and writing a basic biography.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to summarize the contributions of Founding Fathers to the development of the United States. Students will be able to use a variety of sources to conduct research. Students will be able to write an informative summary about the life and contributions of a Founding Father.


(15 minutes)
Scavenger HuntGeorge Washington Facts
  • To begin the lesson, tell your class that they'll be doing some research on Founding Fathers.
  • Define the word founding to your students as establishing or setting up. Explain that the Founding Fathers were men who helped set up the United States of America.
  • Remind your class that the term biography refers to the story of someone's life, written by someone else.
  • Display the paining The Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull, so that the whole class can see it.
  • Start a class discussion about the painting's elements. Great questions include: What is happening in this painting? Who is shown here? Why is this moment significant?
  • Tell students that the men in the painting are the Founding Fathers, and that today, they'll be learning about the lives of these men by completing a scavenger hunt.