#CelebrateWithDE – Presidents’ Day

On the third Monday in February, we honor all U.S. presidents on Presidents’ Day. The day was introduced to honor George Washington and grew to honor all presidents and earn that apostrophe after the s. This year, we invite you to celebrate by going all the way back to the day’s beginnings to study Washington – along with another long-ago honoree, Lincoln – and then consider how they might have handled presidential communications with modern technology.

Content Collection: Presidents’ Day
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Trace the history of Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday held on the third Monday in February. Designated to honor George Washington, it is now a day that honors all presidents and all things presidential.


RESOURCES ABOUT THE HOLIDAY AND THE EARLY HONOREES

Presidents’ Day has been expanded over the years to include all presidents. These resources focus on two of the early originals and the activity asks students to apply modern communication devices to historical figures and events.

Celebrate with DE: Presidents’ Day
Discovery Education Streaming, Math Techbook, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [05:53]

Explores the history of Presidents’ Day. Reveals how the meaning of the day changed over time, morphing into a holiday celebrating all U.S. presidents. Includes Q & A.

 

George Washington
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [05:53]

Highlights the life, legacy, and influence of George Washington, and focuses on his military and political careers. Emphasizes his accomplishments as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and the President of the United States.

 

Abraham Lincoln
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment [05:53]

Provides an overview of the life and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, from his humble beginnings in Kentucky and Illinois to his preservation of the Union and abolishment of slavery.

 
Lincoln’s Legacy: Ford’s Theatre Virtual Field Trip
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [48:52]

A virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. to explore the life and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Experts lead the engaging and lively discussion.


WHAT IF THEY HAD MODERN TECHNOLOGY?

Washington and Lincoln used speeches and letters to communicate their messages and opinions. How would they have used today’s popular technology, such as Twitter and text messaging? Use the strategies Tweet, Tweet! and Table Top Texting, from our Spotlight on Strategies series, to have students demonstrate their understanding of key historical events and the presidents’ reactions to them via tweets and conversations. Bonus points for in-character hashtags! Share your students’ most interesting communications on social media with #CelebrateWithDE.


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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