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President Obama's Inauguration

With the incredibly exciting Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama coming up on January 20th, I thought I would share with you some links of lessons and resources. I hope you find time to teach about this historic event so your students are able to feel that they have been a part of our country’s democratic process. I know my own first graders are fascinated with President Elect Obama and pictures of him are hung all over our classroom. We have one particular solemn looking photo that is hung on the Good Citizen Board because the kids like to think he is looking down on us making sure we are all doing a good job in our work. They are such cute little sweeties, I really love working with 1st graders!

Links and Resources for the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama:

The Office of the President Elect Website

The District of Columbia’s Official 2009 Presidential Inauguration website. This site will assist you in finding valuable information about the events surrounding the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

• Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has weekly/daily reports on preparation for and building the inaugural platform and a “First and Facts” chart and video “So Help Me God”, which is a historical look at the Inaugural Ceremonies from 1789-2005.

”I Do Solemnly Swear” has inaugural materials from the Collection of the Library of Congress.

Scholastic has put together some wonderful thematic lessons and teaching ideas in Celebrating Our Nations Commander and Chief. For American citizens, January 20th is a very important date every four years. That is the date of the inauguration of the President of the United States. This year, 2009, we are going to see the inauguration of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Read about the office of the President, about the Executive Branch, the cabinet posts, and the past presidents.

Scholastic also has a wealth of material listed under two separate searches. If you search for Presidential Inauguration or Barack Obama you will find dozens of lessons, articles or book reviews and more that you can use when teaching your own students.

Reach Every Child has a ton of inaugural and presidential resources for you all listed on one page!

El Civics for ESL Students has some information for you to use with your ESL students.

Teacher Vision has numerous lessons for you to choose from including Presidential Pets and Inaugural Poetry.

Education World has created classroom activities for you to use.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.~Barack Obama


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