President’s Day is this Monday in the United States. Whether or not you live in the States, this is a great opportunity to teach about American presidents and their important historical contributions. As background, according to History.com:
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. (See http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day).
Help your students and/or children learn more using these fun and engaging President’s Day resources:
- Fabulous collection of resources from Teachervision, including printables, videos, math, history, and language arts activities, lesson plans, and slideshows. As a sneak peek, here is an interesting video about Abraham Lincoln:
America the Story of Us: Lincoln
|Nice collection of Ideas for the Classroom from Spoonful.com including printables, crafts, recipes and more!|
|Nice collection of Presidents Day Lessons and Teacher Resources from Hotchalk. Huge collection of a large variety of lessons and activities.|
|Slideshow of the Presidents - Super informative slideshow from the official site of The White House.|
A few more great resources can be found on these sites:
- Worksheets and Printables from Education.com
- Printables from schoolfamily.com
- Lots of great resources from familyeducation.com, including printables, games, activities and more
- Coloring Pages
- Lots of great printables from ABCteach
Fabulous Books About Presidents
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