Who Was Ronald Reagan?

Contributor: Nichole Brooker. Lesson ID: 11418

Can a man whose nickname is "Jelly Bean Man" save the world from communism? Ronald Reagan just about did that! Discover the 40th president, solve a crossword, and write a blog about a great US leader!


United States, United States

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been an actor in Hollywood before taking office as commander-in-chief. He starred in over 50 films and hosted a popular television show. President Reagan was one-of-a-kind and changed America with his positive, anti-government spending policies, and jelly-bean-loving nature. Continue on to learn more about the 40th president of the United States!

President Ronald Reagan was a very interesting character (literally as an actor!) with many fun and entertaining personal facts and trivia.

He had quite the love affair with a certain candy. Can you guess what it was?

Fun facts about Reagan and his love for Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (from the Jelly Belly website):

  • Ronald Reagan liked jelly beans so much that the company, Jelly Belly, invented a blue jelly bean (blueberry) so he could have red, white, and blue jelly beans in a glass jar on his desk.
  • Jelly Belly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when President Reagan sent them on the 1983 flight of the space shuttle Challenger.
  • During the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Jelly Belly beans were served in the Oval Office and on Air Force One. A holder was designed for the plane so the jar of Jelly Belly beans would not spill during turbulence.
  • A portrait of President Ronald Reagan made from 10,000 Jelly Belly beans hangs in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

That is quite a love for jelly beans! Other presidents had strange food interests as well.

  1. Choose one strange presidential food fact from 7 Food Facts About Past Presidents That Seem Too Strange to Be True by Casey Twomey from Bucknell University.
  2. Then, write a paragraph as though you are that president and explain why you had that relationship with that food. For example, if you choose the fact that President Bush once choked on a pretzel, you could write a funny paragraph about how pretzels are hazardous to your health because they are too dry to not become a choking hazard.
  3. Be creative and share your writing with your teacher or parent.

In all seriousness, President Reagan was a most beloved president who served in the role for eight years, and is known as one of the top ten most-loved presidents of all time (as of 2016). As you discover more about the 40th president of the United States, make a list of the facts you learn and be prepared to identify them in a crossword puzzle in the next section.


  • Watch Ronald Reagan from the History Channel:


In the Got It? section, you will be able to compare your list with an extensive list made from the three above-mentioned sources.

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