Related Lessons and Activities: Elementary
National Geographic: Inside the White House
Travel inside the White House with virtual tours and interactive games like "Decorate Your Own Oval Office."
Decorate the Oval Office
Mapping the Area Around the White House
Travel: Spots of Interest in D.C.
PBS Kids Democracy Project: 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 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).
Dear Presidential Diary
In this creative writing exercise, students develop five first-person diary entries exploring the duties and privileges of the presidency.
Presidential Places Quilt
Honor past presidents and explore their connections to Washington, D.C. landmarks through research and the creation of a class quilt, to be displayed in the school and presented to the U.S. president through digital photography and creative writing.
Painting Presidential Portraits
Redesign U.S. paper currency to recognize six U.S. presidents and describe their significant accomplishments.
The Perfect President
Identify the legal requirements, previous experiences, and personality traits that equip someone to be a successful president. Write a job description and a newspaper article. Evaluate how selected past presidents measure up to the criteria generated by students.
I.O.U.--An Introduction To The National Debt
One of the President's most important duties-setting national priorities through the federal budget-is explored here, with a special focus on the national debt, explained in introductory terminology.
PBS Mathline: Math and the Presidents—Comparing Costs
Calculate the cost of the Louisiana Purchase and Thomas Jefferson's library in current terms, and compare presidential salaries in the 19th century and today.