A Study on Michelle Obama

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A Study on Michelle Obama: an activity for children of all ages. Michelle Obama is the 44th first lady of the United States. She has a passion for kids and is an advocate for physical activity, healthy eating, and family dinners. She is enthusiastic about kids learning how to grow their own foods in schools and in their communities. Michelle is an inspiration and is making a difference in the lives of others. Michelle Obama has said, “We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.” In this activity, children will learn what a role model is, examine the role models in their own lives, and consider the example they are to others.

To learn more about Michelle, read the book, First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew by Robbin Gourley (for ages 6-9), and/or the book, Who Is Michelle Obama? by Megan Stine (for ages 8-12). You can also watch the short mini biography below by bio.com.

This activity was adapted from a lesson plan by freeenglishlessonplans.com, to whom a donation was given as a way of thanks.

  • Supplies:
    • garden (or history) notebook
    • white paper
    • page protector
    • pencil
    • eraser
    • art medium of your choice
  • For a younger and older child: Ask your children what a role model is (someone whom others look up to and admire, someone who influences and sets an example for others).
  • Have your children draw a picture of Michelle Obama.
  • Read the story from the Children’s Story Bible (p. 539 in the Catherine Vos Child’s Story Bible) about the man with the withered hand in Mark 3: 1-6, compare Jesus with the Pharisees (both had an influence on others).
  • Talk about good role models and bad role models. Who was the good role model in this story? Who was the bad? What qualities made Jesus good? What qualities made the Pharisees bad role models?
  • After reading a story about Michelle Obama, ask them whether they consider Michelle a good or bad role model.
  • Transcribe their thoughts and any comments to the drawn picture of Michelle.
  • Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in their garden or history notebook.
  • For older children: Choose a person who is considered a role model by the world’s standards (someone your child is aware of and someone whom you are comfortable in discussing).
  • Have the children put each of the pictures at the top of a page and draw a line down the middle.
  • Identify qualities in a bad role model, then do the same for a good role model.
  • List these qualities as they are identified.
  • Talk with your children about who your role model was as you were growing up. Share with them who your role model is now.
  • Have them consider if they are a good role model to others. Then have them write their thoughts about this in their notebook.
  • Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in their garden or history notebook.