Feb 15, 2019 2019-02-15
Presidents Day in 2019 is February 18. On this day, students celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all 45 US Presidents. The National Education Association provides resources (lessons, games, videos, and more), organized by grade range (K–5, 6–8, 9–12), which teachers can use in the classroom. For example, in the lesson entitled “Of Human Bondage: George Washington and the Issue of Slavery,” middle school students interpret four documents George Washington wrote regarding his slaves and slavery. The site provides versions of the lesson for elementary and high school as well. In the game Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads, advanced middle school and high school students explore Lincoln’s political choices. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice, and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before revealing the actual outcome. At game’s end, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln’s actions.
Plus: For an in-depth look at the history of the American presidency, students can explore PBS’s award-winning collection American Experience: The Presidents, where they’ll find documentaries, biographies, interviews, articles, image galleries, and more.