We used the book First Pets: Presidential Best Friends to learn about all of the the wild and tame pets all of the presidents have had over the years. Then we made a circle map to help us remember them and as a springboard for our writing.
Before we started writing, we worked together to stretch out the sounds in some of the animal names. We shared the pen- the students wrote the sounds they heard and called out and I wrote the sounds they missed.
Then we wrote about what pet we would want if we were the president.
We learned about the voting process and voted for the pet that we thought would make the best friend for a president.
In science, we talked about animal characteristics and sorted the presidential pets into animal types.
You can find all of the clipart pictures, labels, a presidential pet read-aloud list, and writing/recording sheets here.