Use these President’s Day Teaching Resources to help kids understand why we celebrate each February. While we teachers definitely enjoy the day off, it is important for kids to know why we honor these leaders. Moreover, whether or not you live in the States, this is a great opportunity to teach about American presidents and their important historical contributions. First, 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
andother figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
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
- 5 Digital Ideas to Celebrate Presidents’ Day from the Techie Teacher
- Presidents’ Day Activities, Grades K-5 from the National Education Association
- Our Favorite Presidents’ Day Activities for the Classroom
- Presidents’ Day in the Classroom from Scholastic - Students can research past presidents and learn about the many skills one needs to lead the people of the United States.
- 15 Presidents’ Day Classroom Activities
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
Presidents’ Day Books & Other Fun Stuff
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