John F. Kennedy Printables

Learn About the 35th President of the United States

President John F. Kennedy Printables
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"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." These immortal words come from John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. President Kennedy, also known as JFK or Jack, was the youngest person to be elected president.

(Theodore Roosevelt was younger, but he wasn't elected. He became president after the death of  William McKinley under whom Roosevelt served as vice president.)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, to a wealthy and politically powerful family in Massachusetts. He was one of nine children. His father, Joe, expected that one of his children would become president some day. 

John served in the Navy during World War II. After his brother, who served in the Army, was killed, it fell to John to pursue the presidency.

A Harvard graduate, John got involved in politics after the war. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1947 and became a senator in 1953.

That same year, Kennedy married Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee Bouvier. Together the couple had four children. One of their children was stillborn and another died shortly after birth. Only Caroline and John Jr. survived to adulthood. Sadly, John Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999.

JFK was dedicated to human rights and aiding developing nations. He helped establish the Peace Corp in 1961. The organization used volunteers to help developing nations build schools, sewage, and water systems, and cultivate crops.

Kennedy served as president during the Cold War. In October 1962, he placed a blockade around Cuba. The Soviet Union (USSR) was building nuclear missile bases there, presumably to attack the United States. This action brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

However, after Kennedy ordered the Navy to surround the island country, the Soviet leader agreed to remove the weapons if the U.S. promised not to invade Cuba.

The Test Ban Treaty of 1963, an agreement by the United States, the USSR, and the United Kingdom, was signed on August 5. This treaty limited the testing of nuclear weapons. 

Tragically, John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, as his motorcade traveled through Dallas, Texas. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in hours later. 

Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. 

Help your students learn more about this young, charismatic president with these free printables.

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John F. Kennedy Vocabulary Study Sheet

John F. Kennedy Vocabulary Study Sheet
John F. Kennedy Vocabulary Study Sheet. Beverly Hernandez

Use this vocabulary study sheet to introduce your students to John F. Kennedy. Students should study the facts on the sheet to learn more about the people, places, and events associated with Kennedy.

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John F. Kennedy Vocabulary Worksheet

John F. Kennedy Vocabulary Worksheet
John F. Kennedy Vocabulary Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

After spending some time studying the previous worksheet, students should see how much they remember about John Kennedy. They should write each term next to its correct definition on the worksheet.

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John F. Kennedy Word Search

John F. Kennedy Wordsearch
John F. Kennedy Wordsearch. Beverly Hernandez

Print the pdf: John F. Kennedy Word Search 

Use this word search puzzle to help students review terms associated with JFK. Each person, place, or event from the word bank can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle. 

Have students review the terms as they find them. If there are any whose significance they can't remember, encourage them to review the terms on their completed vocabulary worksheet.

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John F. Kennedy Crossword Puzzle

John F. Kennedy Crossword Puzzle
John F. Kennedy Crossword Puzzle. Beverly Hernandez

A crossword puzzle makes a fun and easy review tool. Each clue describes a person, place, or event associated with President Kennedy. See if your students can correctly complete the puzzle without referring to their vocabulary worksheet.

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John F. Kennedy Alphabet Activity

John F. Kennedy Alphabet Activity
John F. Kennedy Alphabet Activity. Beverly Hernandez

Younger students can review facts about JFK's life and practice their alphabetizing skills at the same time. Students should write each term from the work bank in correct alphabetical order on​ the blank lines provided. 

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John F. Kennedy Challenge Worksheet

John F. Kennedy Challenge Worksheet
John F. Kennedy Challenge Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

Use this challenge worksheet as a simple quiz to see what your students remember about President Kennedy. Each description is followed by four multiple choice options. See if your student can select the correct answer for each. 

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John F. Kennedy Coloring Page

John F. Kennedy Coloring Page
John F. Kennedy Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

After reading a biography of John Kennedy's life, students can color this picture of the president to add to a notebook or report about him.