Monday February 19, 2018 is President’s Day when we celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the two U.S. Presidents who were born in February. Use these resources to teach your students about the constitutional legacy of George Washington and how our nation was transformed by Abraham Lincoln’s fight for liberty.
Listenwise President’s Day Audio
Here are Listenwise stories that you can assign and discuss, or listen to together with your students. Have students discuss how George Washington set the standard for the role of president in the story, George Washington: His Finest Act. Discuss the American Revolution with this story, and the Origins of July 4th with these stories. Listen to a story about the Gettysburg Address, and revisit the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Other Resources for President’s Day
Use these lessons to engage students in learning about these presidents and how they shaped history.
This lesson has students think about what they would do if they were President of the U.S. and guides thinking and discussion of issues they care about and would fight to promote.
This interactive animated game prompts students to decide on issues and get advice and then see how their choices aligned to Lincoln’s actions.
This game from iCivics allows students to make choices about laws and control all three branches of government.
These videos from History.com help students learn more about the presidents.
Listen to this NPR discussion of George Washington and why it was said upon his death, “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
Listenwise Audio on U.S. Government and Civics
- Constitutional Powers of the President
- Why the U.S. Calls Its Leader President
- Judges and Presidents and the Balance of Power
- The History of Presidential Debates
- Separation of Powers
- Understanding the Electoral College
- Barriers to a Female President
- Can a Canadian-Born Politician be President?