George Washington Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Because of his pivotal role in early American history, George Washington is an important person for students, of all ages, to study. There is much to be learned about his influence on the government of this country as well as his character as our first president.

President George Washington

Teaching student's about George Washington and his influence on our country is an important part of any curriculum. Involving students in related activities is a great way to reinforce their learning and keep them engaged in the process. The following activities have been developed for this purpose and can be used and/or adapted for both younger (elementary) and older (middle/high school) learners.

Interview a President

Materials: writing paper, pencils (or access to computer for writing)

Students will need some prior knowledge about George Washington for this activity.

  • Begin by explaining that students are going to pretend that they are writers living in the late 1700s preparing to write a biography about George Washington.
  • Give each student writing paper and a pencil (or access to a computer).
  • Instruct students to develop a list of questions that they would ask George Washington if they could interview him.
    • 5-8 questions for younger students
    • 10-15 questions for older students
  • Once their lists are developed, put students into pairs.
  • Let students interview one another (one pretending to be the writer and the other being George Washington - then visa versa).
  • If time allows, switch up the groups so that students can run through the process again.

Defend Washington's Likeness

George Washington's likeness is currently printed on the one dollar bill. In this activity, students will defend this practice.

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