James Madison Worksheets and Coloring Pages

Activities for Learning about the 4th U.S. President

James Madison Printables
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James Madison was the 4th President of the United States. He was born on March 16, 1751, in Virginia. James was the oldest of the 12 children of a wealthy tobacco farmer. 

He was an intelligent young man who loved to read. He was also a good student and attended boarding school from the age of 12 until graduation. After boarding school, Madison attended what is now Princeton University.

He became a lawyer and politician. Madison was a member of the Virginia legislature and, later, the Continental Congress with such influential Americans as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson (Madison served as Secretary of State during Jefferson's presidency), and John Adams

Referred to as the “Father of the Constitution," Madison was instrumental in creating the office of president and setting up the federal system of checks and balances

He also helped create the U.S. government, including drafting the Articles of Confederation and authoring some of the 86 Federalist Papers. This series of essays convinced some of the reluctant colonies to accept the Constitution. 

In 1794, James married Dolley Todd, a widow and one of the United States' most memorable first ladies. The two never had any children together, but Madison adopted Dolley's son, John.

James Madison took office in 1809 and served until 1817. During his time in office, the War of 1812 was fought, Louisiana and Indiana became states, and Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner

At only 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing less than 100 pounds, Madison was the smallest of all U.S. presidents.

James Madison died on June 28, 1836, the last living signer of the United States Constitution.

Introduce your students to founding father and U.S. President James Madison with the following set of free printables.

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James Madison Vocabulary Study Sheet

James Madison Vocabulary Study Sheet
James Madison Vocabulary Study Sheet. Beverly Hernandez

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Use this vocabulary study sheet as an introduction to James Madison and his presidency. Each term is followed by its definition. Encourage your students to read through each several times.

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James Madison Vocabulary Worksheet

James Madison Vocabulary Worksheet
James Madison Vocabulary Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

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How well do your students remember the facts they've studied about James Madison? See if they can correctly complete this vocabulary worksheet without referring to the study sheet.

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James Madison Wordsearch

James Madison Wordsearch
James Madison Wordsearch. Beverly Hernandez

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Students will have fun reviewing the words associated with James Madison using this word search puzzle. Each term can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle. Encourage your children to mentally define each term as they find it, looking up any that they can't remember.

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James Madison Crossword Puzzle

James Madison Crossword Puzzle
James Madison Crossword Puzzle. Beverly Hernandez

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This crossword puzzle provides another stress-free review opportunity. Each clue describes a term associated with James Madison and his time in office. See if your students can correctly complete the puzzle without referring to their completed vocabulary sheet.

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James Madison Alphabet Activity

James Madison Alphabet Activity
James Madison Alphabet Activity. Beverly Hernandez

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Younger students can sharpen their alphabetizing skills while reviewing what they've learned about James Madison. Students should write each term associated with the president in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided. 

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James Madison Challenge Worksheet

James Madison Challenge Worksheet
James Madison Challenge Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

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This challenge worksheet can serve as a simple quiz about President James Madison. Each description is followed by four multiple choice options. Can your student correctly identify each?

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James Madison Coloring Page

James Madison Coloring Page
James Madison Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Let your younger students complete this coloring page as you read aloud a biography about James Madison. Older students can color it to add to a report after they read a biography independently.

 

 

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First Lady Dolley Madison Coloring Page

First Lady Dolley Madison Coloring Page
First Lady Dolley Madison Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Dolley Madison was born on May 20, 1768, in Guilford County, North Carolina. She married James Madison in September 1794. When James was Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of State, Dolley filled in as White House Hostess when needed. Dolley was famous for her social graces. When forced to flee the White House by the British army during the War of 1812, she saved important state papers and a famous painting of George Washington. Dolley Madison died in Washington, D.C. on July 12, 1849.

Updated by Kris Bales