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James Monroe, the fifth president (1817-1825) of the United States, was born on April 28, 1758, in Virginia. He was the oldest of five siblings. Both of his parents died by the time James was 16, and the teenager had to take over his father's farm and care for his four younger siblings.
Monroe was enrolled in college when the Revolutionary War began. James left college to join the militia and went on the serve under George Washington.
After the war, Monroe studied law by working at the practice of Thomas Jefferson. He entered politics where he served many roles including governor of Virginia, congressman, and U.S. delegate. He even helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase.
Monroe was elected president at the age of 58 in 1817. He served two terms.
James Monroe is most famous for the Monroe Doctrine, an American foreign policy opposing interference in the western hemisphere from outside powers. This doctrine included South America and stated that any attack or attempt at colonization would be considered an act of war.
The country did well and grew during Monroe's presidency. Five states joined the Union while he was in office: Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois, Maine, and Missouri.
Monroe was married and the father of three children. He married Elizabeth Kortright in 1786. Their daughter, Maria, was the first person to be married in the White House.
In 1831, James Monroe died at the age of 73 in New York after contracting an illness. He was the third president, after John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, to die on July 4.
Use the following free printables to help your students learn about the United States President who was considered the last of the Founding Fathers.01of 07
James Monroe Vocabulary Study SheetJames Monroe Vocabulary Study Sheet. Beverly Hernandez
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Use this vocabulary study sheet to begin introducing your students to President James Monroe.
Each name or term is followed by its definition. As students study, they'll discover key events related to President James Monroe and his years in office. They'll learn about major events in is presidency, such as the Missouri Compromise. This was an agreement reached in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories.
James Monroe Vocabulary WorksheetJames Monroe Vocabulary Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez
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Using this vocabulary worksheet, students will match each of the words from the word bank with the appropriate definition. It's a great way for elementary-age students to learn key terms associated with the Monroe administration and see how much they remember from the vocabulary study sheet.
James Monroe Word SearchJames Monroe Wordsearch. Beverly Hernandez
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In this activity, students will locate ten words commonly associated with President James Monroe and his administration. Use the activity to discover what they already know about the president and spark a discussion about the terms with which they're unfamiliar.04of 07
James Monroe Crossword PuzzleJames Monroe Crossword Puzzle. Beverly Hernandez
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Invite your students to learn more about James Monroe by matching the clue with the appropriate term in this fun crossword puzzle. Each of the key terms used has been provided in a word bank to make the activity accessible for younger students.05of 07
James Monroe Challenge WorksheetJames Monroe Challenge Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez
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Beef up your students' knowledge of the facts and terms related to James Monroe's years in office. Let them practice their research skills by investigating at your local library or on the internet to discover the answers to any questions about which they're unsure.06of 07
James Monroe Alphabet ActivityJames Monroe Alphabet Activity. Beverly Hernandez
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Elementary-age students can practice their alphabetizing skills with this activity. They'll place the words associated with James Monroe in alphabetical order.
Extra credit: Have older students write a sentence-or even a paragraph-about each term. This will give them a chance to learn about the Democratic-Republican party, which was formed by Thomas Jefferson to oppose the Federalists.07of 07
James Monroe Coloring PageJames Monroe Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez
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Kids of all ages will enjoy coloring this James Monroe coloring page. Check out some books about James Monroe from your local library and read them aloud as your children color.
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