By Emily Connor Many people in the U.S. are enjoying a three-day weekend—a work- and school-free Presidents’ Day. The holiday originated as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday (February 22) and was officially declared a federal holiday by an act of Congress in 1879. The holiday was officially assigned the third Monday in February by the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” in 1971. Interestingly, this means … Continue reading 4 Facts to Puzzle You on Presidents Day
UNITED STATES What better way to celebrate Presidents Day than with a cool list? Where does your favorite rank? (C-SPAN) Find your favorite president on our cool map! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. (Yes, it’s updated to reflect the recent election.) Discussion Ideas The C-SPAN survey ranks U.S. … Continue reading What Presidents Were America’s Greatest Leaders?
POLITICS As Hillary Clinton begins her campaign for the U.S. presidency, we take a look at where women have served as heads-of-state in the 20th century. (Huffington Post) Map where women have led nations with today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Any of these women would be a great subjects for a biography book report! Teachers, scroll down for a very quick list of key resources in … Continue reading Where Have Women Served as Heads of State?
Presidents’ Day is a wonderful time to get your students thinking about leadership. By learning about those who have served our country as President of the United States, your students may be inspired to pursue roles in public service someday. Looking at leadership can help your students understand how they can make an impact on their community even on a small scale, such as by … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 3 Ways to Celebrate Presidents’ Day
GEOGRAPHY Zivotofsky v. Kerry is a U.S. Supreme Court case that has to do with two big, difficult issues in real-world geography: how the US government is allowed to make foreign policy and—in case that isn’t tough enough—the state of Jerusalem in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Good luck, justices. (Vox) Use our resources to navigate the physical and cultural geography of Jerusalem. Teachers, scroll all the way … Continue reading Supreme Court Gets a Pass(port)