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Lesson Plans for Inauguration Day

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The Presidential Inauguration Committee has teamed up with both national teachers' unions on lesson plans related to the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States and the nation's first black commander-in-chief.

The plans include ideas for connecting the current events with history, and particularly with the inauguration of another president from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln. There are reading lists, activities, and documents available for download and printing.

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A number of other organizations and agencies are also offering resources for use in the classroom. They are designed for various grade levels, and include everything from simple crafts projects to more in-depth research projects and classroom discussions. Here's a sampling:

The National Endowment for the Humanities has some ideas for teaching about the ceremony and inaugurations throughout history at its education site, EDSITEment.

TeacherVision has these lessons dedicated to inaugural poems.

Education World's site offers presidential portraits and trivia hunts.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has posted lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school levels on its website, with detailed information about how they satisfy state academic standards. I'm sure other state agencies have done something similar.

Have you found any helpful resources? Send them along.


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http://holidays.kaboose.com/inauguration-day.html - this is a great site for ideas for crafts - On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. Celebrate this historic occasion with your kids by throwing an Inauguration Day party with our patriotic crafts and more.

If you were President game - This is probably too hard for 2nd graders but it might give you some ideas http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/games_quizzes/electiongame/game.asp?

PBSKids - http://pbskids.org/speakout/ - What would you tell the President?

I work for public-broadcasting station WETA. Our free websites www.ReadingRockets.org and www.AdLit.org are currently running a White House writing contest "Letters from the White House."

To enter the contest, students write letters and journal entries that explore the history of America and tap into their own creativity when they imagine and write about the experience of living or working in the Executive Mansion. Kids can write letters in the voice of any person (real or imagined) that has lived or will live in the White House.

The contest is based on the new National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance book "Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out." The contest is open to students preK through 12th grade, and closes Feb 16. The website contains classroom resources as well (http://www.readingrockets.org/books/fun/writingcontest).

Thank you for these links. They're a huge help!

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