Tuesday, February 7, 2012

George Washington...No, Not the President

I don't know if other states teach this, but here in Georgia we teach about George Washington Carver. I can't say it's one of my favorite units. I just seem to have a hard time finding interesting and quality materials specifically about him. This year I decided to create my own project to do with the kiddos. They enjoyed it and it involved writing. Plus, I think it turned out pretty cute. Check out the projects.

We had simple and sweet ones.

Some were girly.

We also had a few cracked nuts.

The students colored their peanut people and cut them out. Then, they wrote words that described George Washington Carver on the dark brown peanuts. Next, they wrote a paragraph about George Washington Carver on the lined paper and cut it out. Most students used both sheets. Finally, I stapled the writing behind the peanut person and the students glued their peanuts around it. You can see an example of the writing below. It is just the student's first page.

If your standard include George Washington Carver and you would like the template you can get it by clicking here. This project would also work as a part of a Black History Month project.


  1. I live in GA, too. I also have a hard time coming up with fun ideas for the historical figures unit. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  2. Thank you so much. I work at George Washington Carver Magnet Elem. I love to teach about him this month. This is perfect!!!

  3. Love this! We actually read "A Weed Is a Flower" as part of our 2nd grade reading series and it is all about George Washington Carver. This will be perfect! Thank you!!

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  4. We do teach about George Washington Carver in my district. I love this activity - super cute! Thanks for the idea!


  5. Thank you for sharing, this is a cute project. I can't wait to do this with my first graders.

  6. First year teacher and GWC is who we selected for Black History Month. This is perfect. Thanks!!

  7. Super Cute! Wish I had seen this a couple weeks ago when we were studying GWC! I may just find a way to incorporate it into my plant unit instead! If you're looking for another idea, we made a construction paper peanut plant, and on the leaves wrote character traits, and on the peanuts wrote products he created/discovered. They turned out really cute too :)