Analyzing the Roles and Contributions of Thomas Jefferson

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10291

How'd you like to be president? Too much? How about an inventor? Farmer? Writer? If that sounds like a lot, consider that Thomas Jefferson was all these and more! Meet a man who served over 50 years!


United States, United States

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • You may know that Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States, but did you know he also liked to design, build, and invent things?
  • Do you like to design, build, and invent things?

Let’s explore and learn what you can do to change the world!

A role is a part that someone has in a family, society, or other group.

A contribution is something that someone gives or donates to a cause, or even the world. In this lesson, you will explore the impact Thomas Jefferson had on American history through his roles and contributions.

  1. Use the Graphic Organizer - 2 Column Chart, found under Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar, to take notes about the roles and contributions of Thomas Jefferson as you work through the lesson. Print one or two copies of the chart.
  1. Label one side of the chart "Roles," and label the other side "Contributions."
  1. You will write or draw things you learn from the videos and other resources listed below.
  1. A suggested answer key can be found in Analyzing the Roles and Contributions of Thomas Jefferson (Downloadable Resources).

Watch and listen to Biography of Thomas Jefferson for Kids: Meet the American President - FreeSchool, and learn all about Jefferson's early life and how he became president:

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Watch Jefferson Inventions from Dianna Geers (below) to learn about some of the great things he came up with:

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Before moving on, read Brief Biography Of Thomas Jefferson from Monticello Digital Classroom.

Now that you have lived with Mr. Jefferson for a while, move on to the Got It? section to complete some activities.

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