All about the Lincoln Memorial

All about the Lincoln Memorial introduces students to some foundational knowledge about this historic monument. Students will learn about its significance and gather interesting facts.

There are many suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page that you can use as additions or alternatives for the lesson. One such option is to have students create a new memorial or monument to honor Lincoln. Students could also create 3D models of the Lincoln Memorial. Another idea is to have students research the individuals who designed the memorial and present their findings to the class. You could also obtain copies of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and compare it to some of Lincoln’s speeches.

What All about the Lincoln Memorial includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: All about the Lincoln Memorial teaches students about this famous monument and its significance. Students will be able to identify the memorial and list interesting facts. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to summarize its history.

The lesson has four pages of content. The first couple of pages describe the monument and introduces some key figures who worked on it. Students will learn about the various designers who contributed to the memorial and what their roles were.

The lesson then describes other interesting facts about the president and his memorial. For instance, students will discover how the memorial shows Lincoln facing the reflection pool and the Washington Monument. They will learn that a typo on the memorial originally spelled “Future” as “Euture” before it was corrected. And they will discover that around 6 million people visit the Lincoln Memorial every year.


Students will work with a partner during the activity. However, you may choose to have students work alone or in groups instead if you wish. The activity worksheet displays 12 empty boxes with terms from the text on the Lincoln Memorial. Students will review the words and think of images that they could use that represent each term. They will use the blank space to create a rough draft. Then they will create a final draft on a poster board. They can use a dictionary or the internet if they need to clarify the terms.


The practice worksheet splits in two sections. The first section requires students to review 10 different dates and numbers. Students must write how these numbers are significant as they relate to either Lincoln or the memorial. The second section requires them to review MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and explain why he chose to deliver it at the Lincoln Memorial. There are several other questions in these instructions for students to answer in their explanation.


For the homework assignment, students will answer 20 questions related to the lesson material. Then they will answer a short-answer question at the bottom of the worksheet.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.