Rutgers University Professor Maurice J. Elias offers ideas for Presidents' Day lesson plans in the high school classroom. The "life lessons" theme of the assignments and activities ask students to consider qualities shared by our presidents, that are also necessary for their own success. Among these lessons are relying on others and developing "grit" to see them through challenges and obstacles on the way to their goals.
Okay, maybe this isn't the best way for your students to learn about the US presidency, but it's only four minutes long, and actually fairly entertaining. Here's an excerpt: "The famous Thomas Jefferson bought Louisiana/Under James Madison the war of 1812 begana." It's a professional production, or maybe semi-professional, and your students will laugh, along with you
The lessons and activities suggested in this article align with Common Core state standards and instructional strategies, and these are listed at the beginning of the article. One lesson involves students creating and performing a play about George Washington. Another requires students to listen to audio of President Obama's Second Inaugural Address and then analyze it.
President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American History. That begins with taking comments and questions from you, the public." Phone number, email form, and address are included on this page, along with instructions for students who would like to write a letter or call the President.
Your students probably don't know that the White House has 35 bathrooms, or that it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover it. This short History Channel video is full of trivia, but also share some important historical events in the history of the White House
If you’re a social studies teacher who hasn't yet discovered icivics, you need to check it out right now! It's obvious that a huge amount of work went into creating this learning environment. The interactive games are very well designed and aligned with state standards. This particular game allows you students to run for the office of President.
This interactive online activity from the PBS Kids Democracy Project allows your students to step into the shoes of the President, and make decisions about meetings and events of a typical day in office. For example, a student might choose to meet with the director of the CIA, then learn about President Lyndon B. Johnson's meetings with the CIA. This isn't an in-depth activity, but would work well for a fun learning activity for Presidents Day.
You will definitely want to check this out for your high school, possibly even eighth grade, social studies or language arts classes. It's a series of 44 podcasts, narrated by well-known journalists and historians, each dedicated to discussion of a different President.