Monuments & Landmarks
- "D.W. Goes to Washington"
D.W.'s on her way to Washington. (Someone should have called ahead and warned the government). She's bored, bored, BORED by it all until she gets lost during a tour of the White House. A kind employee reunites her with her family and invites them all in for pizza. (Come to think of it, the guy sure has a nice office. And doesn't he look a little... familiar?)
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- "Episode #1500"
Mister Rogers visits the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., where he helps prepare the food for the giant pandas.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Washington, D.C. - Create travel brochures about Washington, D.C.
- Reading Rainbow: The Wall - Create your own wall to exhibit special thoughts or mementos.
- Reading Rainbow: Watch the Stars Come Out - View an episode about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and then do an arts and crafts activity.
- The American Experience: Wayback: Summer Vacation: Road Trip - Take an interactive journey across America and see famous landmarks and national treasures. (Advanced Activity)
- Arthur: Arthur's Travel Adventure - See photographs from Arthur's trip around the world, including stops at The Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Great Wall in Badaling.
- Postcards from Buster: Blog: Buster's Buffalo Round Up - Learn more about the Crazy Horse Memorial being built in Rapid City, South Dakota.
- America: A Patriotic Primer
By Lynne V. Cheney and Robin Preiss Glasser
Published May 2002 by Simon & Schuster Children's
This ABC book is packed with drawings and facts about the United States and famous Americans. U is for the United States and a map identifies attractions in all fifty. A notes section provides further information about topics raised in the main text. This primer will make a better resource or discussion starter than read aloud book.
- America the Beautiful
By Katharine Lee Bates and Wendell Minor
Published May 2003 by The Penguin Putnam Publishing Group
Wendell Minor has illustrated the first verse of a familiar patriotic song and three more verses seldom heard. The illustrations include Mount Rushmore, the Empire State Building, and more. The book concludes with biographies of the poem's author and the composer of the tune to which it is commonly sung.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.