TeachersFirst's Resources for American Presidents

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Whether you are celebrating Presidents Day or learning about the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, this collection of reviewed resources about presidents provides a rich starting point for research, class study, or multimedia projects. If this list is too broad, use the search tool at the left of this page to find resources on a specific president or within a certain grade range. You may also be interested in TeachersFirst's Resources for U.S. Elections or TeachersFirst's Resources for U.S. Presidential Inaugurations.

 

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The American Presidents

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tag(s): biographies (90), presidents (132)

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Use this site as a point of reference for information about our Presidents. Students could use this site as a spring board for research projects, or historical heads. For historical heads, have students draw inside of a blank outline of a human face graphic representations of the president chosen for their project. Students should be able to describe and explain all representations, but it's a great way for them to organize their ideas and provide more memorable symbols for facts that they need to know.

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The Papers of George Washington - University of Virginia

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This site includes letters written both to and from George Washington. Important papers and letters are singled out, as well as an entire section of selected Revolutionary War documents....more
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This site includes letters written both to and from George Washington. Important papers and letters are singled out, as well as an entire section of selected Revolutionary War documents. This site would be of value to students serious about completing in depth research on the man or his major historical events in his life.

tag(s): presidents (132), primary sources (93), washington (35)

In the Classroom

In a discussion of the Revolutionary War or the Founding Fathers, use the pictures and images to supplement your lecture. Very rarely do students get to see time-period appropriate maps, and those provided on the site can be used to show and diagram major battles. The site also provides some excellent primary sources that complement such a unit. An excellent one to look at is his famed "Farewell Address," which can be used for both a revolutionary unit and any on American Diplomacy. Have students read the address as a class, following it with a discussion on how this speech impacted American foreign relations for the next 200 years. A great site for any resources on Washington!

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CollegeBound Math - Washington State University

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College-bound students can use this site from Washington State University to see if their math skills are up to par with the requirements of introductory college math. There are study...more
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College-bound students can use this site from Washington State University to see if their math skills are up to par with the requirements of introductory college math. There are study problems, a sample quiz, and other resources for those whose math needs a bit of a brush-up.

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Vive La France! - Washington Post

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6 to 12
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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post ...more
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Bring the world to your classroom. Experience the French culture with this fact-filled site. Find out what's in the news in France with a direct link to the Washington Post and AP newswires, get today's exchange rates for world currencies. You can even get today's weather forecast throughout France. With links to over 200 countries, this site lets you create a World's Fair in your classroom.

tag(s): france (39), french (90)

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Use this site as a starting point for any and all research projects based on France. Students can research current events, history, geography and economic statistics all from the homepage. Post this site on assignment worksheets requiring research as well as your teacher wiki or web page.

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GeologyLink

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This is a comprehensive resource for geology students and faculty, providing links to research data, lecture notes, teaching materials, and geology projects. Developed by the University...more
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This is a comprehensive resource for geology students and faculty, providing links to research data, lecture notes, teaching materials, and geology projects. Developed by the University of Washington with support from Worth Publishing. Lots of depth, but the site assumes a working knowledge of the field.

tag(s): geology (81), paleontology (40)

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The Mad Scientist Network

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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains ...more
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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains the functions of organs and how they work together. A great research tool for biology students! Nice animation, including a guided tour of the human body with key points outlined. From Washington University Medical School.

tag(s): human body (127)

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Teachers of younger students will find material useful for background to their teaching.

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Live from Earth and Mars Educational Modules - University of Washington

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This site from the University of Washington includes lesson plans and projects for students relating to meteorology and space science. ...more
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This site from the University of Washington includes lesson plans and projects for students relating to meteorology and space science.

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Camp David - US Government

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A brief background on Camp David and what the President uses it for. ...more
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A brief background on Camp David and what the President uses it for.

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Presidential Debates Information

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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates. ...more
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This site provides video and written coverage of the 1960 Presidential Debates.

tag(s): debate (44), presidents (132)

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If teaching about the historic 1960 television debates, use the videos and transcripts to provide students with something more tangible than the summary in their textbook. Click on the debate history section of the site, selecting the year 1960. There are multiple transcripts and videos that can easily be printed or viewed on the interactive whiteboard. To show the impact of technology, have students listen to the debate before watching - and also select a winner. After, have students repeat the activity; this time through watching the video. Have a class discussion on how seeing the candidates affected their opinions, and whether a similar effect occurred in 1960. Great for a US government classroom!

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American President: John F Kennedy - Miller Center - University of Virginia

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Find resources related to John F Kennedy: facts, links to several speeches, and a multimedia gallery. One interesting part of this site is the use of word clouds as part ...more
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Find resources related to John F Kennedy: facts, links to several speeches, and a multimedia gallery. One interesting part of this site is the use of word clouds as part of the page with the links to speeches. Each speech includes a published transcript of the text of the speech along with a word cloud emphasizing the most frequently used words. This is part of a larger collection of all the United States presidents but provides a nice starting point for important events and information related to our 35th president.

tag(s): 1960s (30), kennedy (27), presidents (132)

In the Classroom

View video clips with your class on your interactive whiteboard. Share a link with students for use on any project relating to United States presidents or John F Kennedy. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore the site independently or in small groups. Have students choose one speech and create a simple infographic sharing their findings about its themes using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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