In September 2013, I wrote a blog post about a wonderful teacher who came up with the President in a Bag idea and inspired us to implement that idea into our study of the American Presidents. You can read about her here, in our first President in a Bag - George Washington.
These are the 5 items B came up with to describe the life of our 4th president, James Madison:
#1 A Pen: This repeat item didn't surprise me since Madison was a Founding Father. The pen reminds B that Madison is the author of The Bill of Rights.
#2: A Checkbook: Madison came up with the idea of checks and balances in our federal government, so that one branch does not gain more power than the others.
#3 A Gardening Hand Cultivator: Madison grew up on a tabacco plantation and retired there after his presidency. Even though the plantation had slaves, Madison believed slavery was evil and wanted it abolished.
#4 A Bar of Soap: Madison was the shortest US president, at 5'4", and never weighed more than 100 pounds. A friend of his said he was, "…no bigger than a bar of soap."
#5 A Pair of Pants: Madison was the 1st president to wear trousers, instead of knee britches, in the White House. B wanted me to tell y'all that the pair of pants in the picture belong to Ken, Barbie's boyfriend. He felt this needed to be clarified, else y'all would wonder where in the world we got the giant pen, checkbook, cultivator and bar of soap. So, PSA complete. ;o)
Read about our other Presidents in a Bag: