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Presidents Day is February 21, 2011

Presidents Day was originally designated in honor of George Washington's Birthday (February 22, 1732).

Today, Presidents Day honors both Washington and Lincoln, and is the third Monday in February.

Links

Patriotism. org
Kaboose.com - Activities, Crafts, and Historical Information
Enchanted Learning - Activities and Crafts

George Washington Biography
George Washington's Birthplace
Mount Vernon.org
The Washington Monument - DC
The Papers of George Washington

Abraham Lincoln Timeline - historyplace.com
Liberty Online
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home
Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Online

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Lesson Plans

Presidents' Day: United in Service -- includes web-exclusive videos, presidential biographies developed with the help of area 5th-graders, coloring pages by a White House artist, and resources on volunteer service, history and civics for students, parents and teachers.

Presidents' Day: -- Learn about the job of a president, the balance of power with the Supreme Court and Congress, and ways presidents have communicated with the public. See letters, diaries, and other papers from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

Rediscovering George Washington - The Rule of Law -- This lesson discusses George Washington's commitment to the principle of the rule of law. The reading examines situations faced by Washington as both commander in chief and president when he chose the rule of law over expediency or personal power.
Grades Level(s):7-12

Rediscovering George Washington - The Theory of the American Founding: Why Government by Consent? -- This lesson discusses the idea of government by the consent of the governed, and why such government is the only legitimate kind of government from the point of view of the American Founders. Discussion questions follow the reading.
Grade Level(s): 7-12

Inauguration 2001 - George Washington: The President Without Precedent -- Students explore the inauguration and administrations of George Washington.
Grade Level(s): 6-12

Rediscovering George Washington - Civic Virtue - This lesson discusses George Washington as a model of civic virtue. The reading explains the relationship between freedom and limited government then examines Washington's words and actions to illustrate the civic virtues of civic knowledge, self-restraint, self-assertion, and self-reliance.
Grade Level(s): 7-12

Rediscovering George Washington - The Problem of Slavery -- This lesson discusses George Washington's commitment to the principles of freedom and equality in light of the fact that he also owned slaves.
Grade Level(s): 7-12

The Diaries of George Washington -- American Memory -- features the colorful diaries of the first U.S. President, written between 1748 and 1799. They chronicle his life from his time as a self-made farmer to his tenure as a soldier-statesman.

George Washington: A National Treasure -- takes an in-depth look at the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of our first president.

The Civil War - Lincoln and Reconstruction -- This lesson focuses on Lincoln\x92s role as president during the Civil War. After reading a variety of primary sources written by Lincoln or to him, students analyze under what provisions of the Constitution he acted as president.
Grade Level(s): 6-12

The Empty Chair Mystery -- Why is there an empty chair in F.B. Carpenter’s painting of Lincoln and his cabinet? This activity explores the role of a distinguished Marylander, Anna Ella Carroll in the Civil War.

The American Experience - The Time of the Lincolns - The film Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided and this companion Web site, The Time of the Lincolns, offer insights into topics in American history including women's rights, slavery, abolition, politics and partisanship, the growth of the industrial economy, and the Civil War.

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