Presidents' Day

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Presidents' Day

As you celebrate Presidents' Day with your students, please find resources below which will help enrich student knowledge and increase student engagement in the history and importance of those we celebrate on this day.


Remember, however, that this is just a small sampling of resources on the topic that are available through KET, and there is much more to discover in KET Encyclomedia.


If you need help accessing these resources or setting up an account in Discovery please contact your KET Education Consultant.

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Lincoln Interactive Resources

Lincoln Interactive Resources. Are you ready to take the Abe Across Kentucky challenge? Want to know more about Kentucky’s most famous son, Abraham Lincoln, and his life and influence? Need Lincoln resources and lesson plans for your classroom? KET offers a wide array of programs, educational materials and online resources, including an interactive quiz, interactive timeline, video segments from "Lincoln: I, too, am a Kentuckian," lesson plans, activity ideas, and more.


KET.

Grades K-12.

Holiday Facts and Fun: Presidents' Day

Holiday Facts and Fun: President's Day. This video explains why Washington is known as the "father of his country." It also tells the story of Lincoln's emancipation proclamation and explains how our 16th president prevented the United States from being destroyed. Taped in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Salem, Illinois, and Mount Vernon, Virginia, as well as many other locations, this program brings history to life for young viewers.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-5.

Presidents' Day: Washington and Lincoln

President's Day: Washington and Lincoln. With the help of a colonial Presidential crier children come to understand why we celebrate Presidents' Day and what makes it so special. They learn about George Washington and the important role he played in the formation of our country. Next, they learn about the life of Abraham Lincoln and his resolve to keep our country unified, making him one of our great civic leaders. Lastly, students are reminded to honor all of the presidents on this holiday.


Discovery Education.

Grades K-5.

The U.S. Presidency

The U.S. Presidency. Explore the rich history and the institution of the U.S. Presidency—from George Washington to Barack Obama. Understand the duties and powers of the President of the United States and the First Lady, gather important background information with our Presidential biographies, and engage with videos and primary sources that place you back in time at some of the most pivotal turning points in American history. Topics Include: Portraits, Biographies, Powers of the Presidency, Campaigns & Elections, Presidents in Office, Speeches & Addresses, Teacher Guides, and Ken Burns' The Roosevelts.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades K-12+.

The Address

The Address. Ken Burns’s documentary "The Address" follows the students of the Greenwood School as they uncover the meaning behind President Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg. Explore the history of the Civil War and the significance of the famous speech in the collection below, featuring an overview of the war, videos of celebrity recitations, and a lesson plan to encourage student involvement. Classrooms can now feel closer than ever to this historic moment.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades K-12+.

First Ladies of the United States

First Ladies of the United States. Discover the different roles that First Ladies have played throughout history as policy advocates, diplomats, and public figures. Get to know First Ladies throughout the history of the United States.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades K-12+.

Looking for Lincoln

Looking for Lincoln. Looking for Lincoln explores the life and legacy of the man widely considered one of our best and most enigmatic presidents. The PBS series, presented and written by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (African American Lives, Oprah’s Roots), addresses many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln – race, equality, religion, politics, and depression – by carefully interpreting evidence from those who knew him and those who study him today.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 1-12+

Presidents Day: All About the Holidays

Presidents Day: All About the Holidays. Presidents Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 2-6.

So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President? In the time-honored tradition of political commentary, author Judith St. George and Caldecott Medal winner/illustrator David Small celebrate the public and private lives of forty-two Presidents with humor and flair. Imparting much information and many laughs, this rip-roaring look at the men who have all wanted to be President deserves a place on every library and classroom shelf. Narrated with wit and wisdom by Stockard Channing. Based on the book by Judith St. George and illustrator David Small. Part of the Weston Woods Series.


Discovery Education.

Grades 3-5.

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: the Story of the Gettysburg Address

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: the Story of the Gettysburg Address. Jean Fritz's classic telling of the story of the Gettysburg Address comes alive in this iconographic program, illustrated by Charles Robinson. Abraham Lincoln had to run the country, win the war and look after his family. When he was asked to honor the soldiers who died in the great battle of Gettysburg, he made time to say a few words about them too. With sensitivity and wit, Rex Robbins narrates Jean Fritz's story about one of the most famous (and shortest) speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address. Part of the Weston Woods Series.


Discovery Education.

Grades 3-5.

President for a Day

President for a Day. This activity provides a job description for the presidency, so students understand what kinds of skills and competencies are necessary in that office. Students have the opportunity to role play as the President for a day, making decisions about different events that a President might actually experience (meetings with Cabinet members, speeches to the public, bowling in the White House).


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 3-6.

Liberty Kids: Washington Takes Command

Liberty Kids: Washington Takes Command. In this animated series, several young people travel to Boston with the formidable General George Washington as he takes command of the colonies’ army.


Discovery Education.

Grades 3-8.

Discovering Alexander Hamilton

Discovering Alexander Hamilton. In this lesson, students explore the question “Who was Alexander Hamilton?” In the Introductory Activity, students look at US paper currency and identify which of the featured individuals served as President of the United States. In the Learning Activity, students explore video segments from the PBS program Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton to learn about Hamilton’s contributions to the United States and his role during George Washington’s presidency. In the Culminating Activity, students write an article, poem, song, speech or story about Alexander Hamilton.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 4-6.

60 Second Presidents

60 Second Presidents. Explore the lives of each U.S. President in these 60-second overviews.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 4-12.

Using Animation to Find Lincoln

Using Animation to Find Lincoln. An ex-Disney animator and professor of New Media was able to locate Lincoln among the crowd in one of the few photos taken at the battlefield in Gettysburg. He did it by superimposing an animated 3-D model over the photo.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 6-12.

Abraham Lincoln: A Good Man? or A Good Man!

Abraham Lincoln: A Good Man? or A Good Man! This lesson uses video from American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man to help students identify and understand the controversies surrounding the ideas, attitudes and actions of Abraham Lincoln. The documentary chronicles the intense creative journey of Bill T. Jones as he works to prepare a performance piece in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Students take their cue to investigate Lincoln by watching a segment from the documentary in which Jones poses the question “Was Lincoln a good man, question mark or a good man, exclamation!” Students begin by using quotes by Lincoln within the video to spur a discussion on whether or not Lincoln was “a good man.” In the learning activity, students consult primary sources to further their investigations into the life of Lincoln and, as a culminating activity, write a one page argument essay taking a position on Jones’ question.


PBS LearningMedia

Grades 9-12.

Abraham Lincoln's Presidency

Abraham Lincoln's Presidency. In this clip from Genealogy Roadshow, view a brief introduction to the key political issues facing President Abraham Lincoln during his first and second terms, including Southern secession and the Civil War, and his assassination.


PBS LearningMedia.

Grades 9-12+

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