Presidents' Day Activities

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

President's Day is observed on the third Monday of each February. It is our chance to show appreciate for U. S. Presidents past and present. These activities helps educate students about our U. S. presidents.

A Day in the Life of POTUS

What would it be like to be the President of the United States for one day? This activity gives students a chance to ponder this question.

Materials

  • Large white paper
  • Rulers
  • Colored pencils

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to select one current or former President of the United States of America.
  • Now give them some time to research their selected president. They should focus on actual events that occurred during this individual's presidency.
  • Have them use this information, along with the materials, to create a timeline representing all of the events in one specific day in the president's life during his presidency. This should cover the president's activities from the time he woke until he retired for the evening. Some exact information regarding the daily activities will be available, while other information will need to be imagined by the students.
  • Have the students share what they've created with the class.

The Life & Times of a President

What does it take to become a president? This activity gives students the chance to research and report on the life of their favorite president.

Materials

  • Poster board or trifold boards
  • Markers
  • Glue

Instructions

  • Assign each student one specific president. This individual will be the focus of a research project.
  • Now have the students gather facts about the life of this person. Where was he born? What did he look like? What was his childhood like? Where did he attend school? What did he study? What positions did he hold throughout his life? What issues were most important to him, and so on?
  • When the students have finished gathering the facts, they should assemble key points into a presentation using the materials. They should also use images to help bring their presentation to life.
  • Finally, have students present their specific president to the class.

Famous Presidential Speeches

Which president said that? This activity teaches students about the ins and outs of famous presidential speeches.

Materials

  • Audio clips of well-known presidential addresses
  • Photocopies of the transcripts from the different presidential speeches used

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