The White House

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The lesson introduces students to the White House in Washington, D.C.; home of nearly all of the U.S. presidents.   Many people visit the White House, but most students will not have the opportunity to see it in person.  The lesson gives students interesting information and amazing facts about the White House.  It is highly recommended teachers use one of the videos to give the students a “tour” of the White House.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with a lesson related to the Executive Branch of the government, especially for older students.

The White House Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about The White House
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson treats students to interesting information and amazing facts about the White House.  Take a virtual tour of the one of the most iconic and easily recognizable homes in the United States using the online content included with this lesson, perfect for students who are unlikely to have the opportunity to visit the White House in person.  A partner activity contained in the lesson gives students an opportunity to work collaboratively to create an invitation to visit the White House, integrating art and writing into a social studies lesson.  The lesson  may be used in conjunction with the lesson related to the Executive Branch of the government, which is geared more towards older students.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:    

  1. Ask students: What place in the United States is a home, an office, a museum, and has wings?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. If students cannot guess, give further clues to help them, such as it has 6 floors, it is one color, the residents move in and out every 4 to 8 years, etc.
  3. Allow for additional responses. Introduce the White House.
  4. Distribute The White House content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Allow students access to the Internet for a virtual tour.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute colored pencils, card stock for invitations, and other supplies for the final copy of the invitation.  Allow students sufficient time to complete each invitation.  The teacher may approve rough copy before student completes the final copy.
  6. Once completed, students exchange the invitations with other students. After students have viewed most of the invitations, ask students to choose the top three imaginary events they would most like to attend.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.  The Red, Blue, and Green Room are interchangeable as responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: If one day you could move into the White House, what would you like most and least about living there? Why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1-4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies