US Presidents: a rap song to learn the 44 presidents in order of succession | view the online RRR video.
This song presents a list of the American Presidents in chronological order, including, amongst others, Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. The teaching materials, including lesson plans, worksheets, and activities help teachers and homeschool parents create lesson plans for the song topics. By learning this song, students will have a greater understanding of the succession of presidents in office.
This social studies song is suitable for teaching all 44 presidents and the chronological order of their presidencies to elementary school (4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade), middle school, high school, home school, and college classes.
Memorizing presidents is gonna take some effort
We’ll start with George Washington, Adams, and Thomas Jefferson
Then James Madison and James Monroe
Then John Quincy Adams like his father before
Next up we’ve got some interesting folks
Named Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk
The next four presidents that we’ll examine
Are Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan
44 Presidents, White House residents
From the Revolution to the age of the Internet
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves
Then we got Johnson, Grant, and Rutherford Hayes
James Garfield, Chester Arthur
Cleveland and Harrison; let’s keep going farther
Next up, we got Cleveland again
Then McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson
The next four, yeah you know who they are, it’s
Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and FDR
No presidents are from Wisconsin
Not Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, or Johnson
We’re getting near the end, but it’s not getting harder
It’s Nixon, Ford, then Jimmy Carter
Last four, we’re almost done
We’ve just got Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush the Son
Obama’s in the White House now
So hail to the chief and stand up proud!
Learning about George Washington
GW: Life and Times
This site has 12 slides of artwork and text describing the life of George Washington and the formation of our government. Excellent material.
ipl.org (Internet Public Library)
Presidents of the United States (POTUS)
The site contains detailed background information for each president, including election results, cabinet members and notable events. Also links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and presidential sites.
Millercenter.org (The University of Virginia)
American President: An Online Reference Resource
The site has detailed profiles for each president, with links to full biographies, cabinet member profiles, speech transcripts, and Miller Center videos and audio files of journalists’ presentations.
The President’s House in Philadelphia
This site gives students a historical overview of the times before Washington DC was the nation’s capital. It provides history of the old White House, photos, maps, news, and also historical context for presidents and their relations with slavery.
White House for Kids
Historical themes very accessible to young students. It links to the White House website for detailed profiles of each president, and provides a “real life” view of the President and his family, including information about their favorite books and sports, events they attend, and their pets. The Parents & Teachers section contains several classroom activities, including directions for writing letters to the President, trivia about the First Family and presidential quizzes.
Great game about US Presidents, but only goes up to Bill Clinton. Lots of interesting questions and information. Also other information about presidents including pictures of each of them.
Presidents Name Game
This site has great games, and this is one of the best. President’s names must be spelled correctly and the game is timed. Older students will enjoy this is an individual or class activity.
Campaign Ad Critic
Students analyze current campaign TV ads and literature, and then learn to look beyond the ad to understand its intended purposes and its real content.
Getting Out the Vote: An Election Day Classroom Experiment
Students learn through a hands-on experiment why voting is important, and about the potential impact of deciding not to vote.
How Well Do You Know Our Presidents?
Students research and create flip-up fact cards about the U.S. presidents.
If I Were the President
Students compose a brief essay telling what they would do to solve problems in the United States if they were elected president.
Painting Presidential Portraits
This lesson offers the opportunity for students to look at the duties of the president using the online game, “President for A Day.” The students can express themselves through art and creative writing, as they design new U.S. currency with presidential portraits, facts, and figures.
United States President Biographical Data Form
Students pick a president and write a biography using this worksheet as a guideline.
Presidential Election (video)
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Tim and Moby teach students about the voting process and presidential elections.
Presidential Power (video)
Tim and Moby tell what it means to be the President of the USA. Students will learn about the three branches of government and which one the president is a part of.