of the United
Don't miss visiting the companion webpage to
this project; to access hundreds of biographical and
informational websites on individual presidents and
their wives, go to Presidents
and First Ladies for hundreds of
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President of the United States is the chief executive
of the country. The President is elected by the people
of the United States through the Electoral College.
George Washington was the first president. George W.
Bush became President of the United States in 2001. He
is from the Republican party.
- The president is the highest elected position in
the United States government. In the United States, a
presidential election is held every four years to
select a new president. It is possible for a president
to serve up to two terms which is eight years. To be
eligible for the presidency, a candidate must be a
natural-born citizen, must have lived in the United
States for a minimum of 14 years, and must be at least
35 years old.
- The president is the head of the executive branch
of the government. In addition to leading the country,
the president is the commander-in-chief of the armed
forces. Although there are many political parties, the
president has been either a Democrat or a Republican
since the mid 1800's.
Presidency at Grolier Online
- The website presents the history of presidents,
the presidency, politics, presidential biographies,
and historical election results. Resources are
categorized for varied grade levels.
- Similar Website:
- 2) U.S. Presidents Lists and Records
- 3) Electing a President
Presidency: A Glorious Burden
- At this site, you can learn about the foundations
of the presidency, life and death in the White House,
presidential campaigns, and much more.
President from PBS
- This website presents site the heroic, personal,
and political story of the American presidency.
- Related Websites:
- 2) American President http://www.americanpresident.org/home6.htm
- 3) Character Above All: An Exploration of
Presidential Leadership http://www.pbs.org/newshour/character/
- 4) Inaugural Classroom http://www.pbs.org/inaugural97/
- 5) Presidents at American Experience http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/indexjs.html
- 6) American Presidents: Life Portraits from C-Span
of the United States
- Here you find a comprehensive site for
presidential resources. It includes links to each
president, inaugural speeches, vice president pages,
and other information about the office of the
- Using resources found at the websites,
complete one or more of these
- Complete a President's Puzzle.
Go to America's
Presidents and complete the crossword
puzzle on the President's job as you
explore some great Web sites. You also
might try your hand at the Name
the President , where you name the
president from the picture shown and learn
some tidbit information. Or see if you can
identify the presidents at Funbrain.com's
- Build a Presidential Library.
Visit the Presidential
Libraries website. Select a president
and visit their library. Do you think
their library reflects their presidency?
Why or why not? What do you think should
be included in a presidential library?
Create your own presidential library on a
web page. Be sure to include a link to the
- Feature a President. You
probably know a lot about Bill Clinton,
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John
F. Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt, but
what about lesser known presidents? Choose
a little known president. Write a
persuasive speech trying to convince your
class that this person made an important
contribution and should be better
remembered. Use the Presidents
and First Ladies page for links to
- Create a Mobile. Create a
mobile showing the contributions of a
president. Each hanging element should
describe some aspect of their
- Write a Inaugural Speech. Read
three inaugural speeches. Compare and
contrast these speeches. What do they have
in common? Write a short speech that
includes the key elements of a good
inaugural speech. Write it for the present
day or any time in the past. What do you
think the inaugural speech will be like
for the next president? What about in the
- Explore the First Ladies. How
has the role of the first lady evolved
since the first president? Write about a
first lady and how her role reflected the
time she was the first lady. Create a
class time line of first ladies.
- Ask an Expert. Design some
questions for Abraham Lincoln or Thomas
Jefferson. Email them to their
impersonators. Use the Ask
Abe or Ask
Thomas Jefferson websites.
- Write a Skit. Learn about a
president at our Presidents
and First Ladies page. Write a skit
that reenacts a particular event from the
president's life. Dress up as the
president. Videotape the skit and share it
with another school.
- Select a Photograph. Explore
photographs taken during the
administration of a president. Select a
photograph of a president or a photograph
taken during his presidency. Write about
why you think this photograph reflects
- Write a Presidential Haiku.
Compose a short poem in the Japanese style
of haiku: that's three lines, the first
five syllables long, the second seven
syllables and the third five syllables.
The subject of your original poetry should
be one of the presidents. Need some help
or examples? Visit Presidential
- Complete a President Webquest.
Adapt or follow the directions found at
one of the following webquest sites:
- 1) Do You Want to Be President? by
S. Horgeshimer http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/shorgeshimer/webpage/preswebquest.html
- 2) Hail to the Chief: Electing a
- 3) Who Should Be President Aaron
Burr or Thomas Jefferson?
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Presidents (2000 ThinkQuest Junior
- This site includes biographical information on
each of the presidents as well as information on a few
first ladies, presidential elections and campaigns,
activities, and a collection of links.
War: Abraham Lincoln (Section of a ThinkQuest
- This site tells of Lincoln's leadership in the
- Related Websites - Also By Kids For
- 2) Abraham Lincoln for Primary Children http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/proj/lincoln/
- 3) Life of Abraham Lincoln http://www.berwickacademy.org/lincoln/lincoln.htm
- 4) Abraham Lincoln online http://www.cmi.k12.il.us/Urbana/projects/LinkOn/
- 5) Abraham Lincoln research site http://www2.connectnet.com/~dmp/G5_writing/Hilary.html
- This is the site of a brief biographical report
written by a fifth grade student.
- Related Biographical Report:
- 2) Theodore Roosevelt http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/great/2mike.htm
Branch: Home of the President
- (Section of a 1999 ThinkQuest Project: Guide to
- The Executive branch enforces laws, defends the
country, and so much more! But it's just the president
and the vice president, right? En contraire, my
friend! There's a lot more to it than that! More than
the constitution's writers ever imagined.
You Need to Know about the U.S. Presidents
(1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- Here you learn about U.S. Presidents.
- Learn about George Washington
- Related Website - Also By Kids For
- 2) George Washington (2000 ThinkQuest Junior)
Process (1999 ThinkQuest Project)
- This site explains the United States impeachment
Abroad: American Presidents and Foreign Policy
(2000 ThinkQuest Internet Project)
- This site discusses of how American foreign policy
has been shaped by the men who made it and the unique
political environment they made it in.
Exploration (1997 ThinkQuest Project)
- Here you find information about the presidents of
the United States. The Oval Office and The Convention
are your main sources of information. But also stop by
the Recreation Room, The Floor, and then take a
leisurely walk out The Gates.
- This website provides a list of the presidential
libraries as well as addresses and websites.
- Classes from around the nation have joined Mr.
McKenzie's Fourth Grade class in this ongoing project
by researching each of our Presidents and creating a
web page sharing their lives, accomplishments and home
states. There is still lots of room for other class
Presidents (1999 ThinkQuest Junior
- This site has basic facts and trivia about all the
in Virginia Are Eight of America's Presidents?
(1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- This is the site of an online quiz on eight of the
presidents born in Virginia. The riddles lead the user
to each president's 'home' on the Internet.
is Your Favorite President of the United
- Do you know how a president gets elected? It is
not as simple as you think. Learn about the Electoral
College. Read a brief biography of each of our past
presidents. Choose your favorite president.
- More Websites on the Presidency
Force One from Boeing
- Air Force One is a Boeing 747-200B aircraft that
was extensively modified to meet presidential
- Related Websites:
- 2) From the Archives of the USAF Museum http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/fta/fta0598.htm
- 3) VC-25A - Air Force One http://www.af.mil/news/factsheets/VC_25A___Air_Force_One.html
of Presidents from the National Portrait
Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution
- Here you can read a brief biography on each
president along with a description of their displayed
Do Solemnly Swear: Presidential
- Here is a collection of files and pictures of
presidential inaugurations from George Washington's
day to the present.
the White House from National Geographic
- You got the nomination, you campaigned, you won.
Then you took the oath of office, made the first
speech of your administration, and danced the night
away. Click here to move into the Oval Office and make
your mark as President.
of the United States
- This giant links-site claims to be the most
comprehensive site on the Internet for presidential
House for Kids
- Discover the history, take some tours, learn about
the pets, traditions, sports and patriotism of the
- Tours include:
- Oval office, Vice president's West Wing office,
Diplomatic Reception Room, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt
Room and the Press Room.
- Websites For Teachers
Presidents and Politics by M. McPherson (Grade
- Lessons in this unit cover early presidents and
supporting individuals from the terms of George
Washington through Andrew Jackson. Major issues of
each president's term as well as humanizing
information about each person are emphasized
throughout the unit.
Classroom: Lesson Plans (Grade 6-12)
- This site houses a large collection of lesson
plans for study of the Inauguration, the Executive
Branch, or discussing specific administrations or
periods in American history.
- It is hard to believe that two great presidents
have their birthday in the same month! In honor of
them and all the men who have served as our President,
we set aside a day in February for them. Here are some
ideas to honor The Chief Executive of the US in your
- Related Website:
- 2) President's Day Activities and Crafts
Interview: A Panel of Presidents by S. Scott
- A structured forum of the last five presidents of
the United States will be interviewed. The panel will
answer questions as they recap their foreign and
domestic policies. Questions posed by other class
member are to elicit responses so that students will
become familiar with the implications of leadership of
the former presidents and the incumbent.
of the United States of America by MP
- Here you can download the educational Freeware
package for Windows 95. There is information and
portraits on all forty-two Presidents covering their
lives and time in office.
Does the President Live? (Grades 1-3)
- In this lesson students discover that the
president of the United States works and lives in the
same building. Using the Internet, students tour the
White House. They learn important things about this
huge 132-room mansion and fun facts, like it take 570
gallons of white paint to cover the outside! Then
students role-play what it might be like to be
president or members of the First Family.
State of the Union Address
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