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Inauguration Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event

In preparation for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, join Discovery Education as we take a look behind the scenes of a White House transition. Explore what it’s like to live at the White House and see how the White House staff move one president out, and the new president in, in less than six hours.





Look Behind-the-Scenes of a White House transition

What is a Virtual Viewing Party?

A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of the Discovery Education video Flipping the White House which looks at the importance of transitioning the White House from one presidential administration to the next and the difficulties in doing this in less than six hours.

Thousands of classrooms simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections around the peaceful transfer of power in the United States and the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the incoming first family is able to enjoy their new home. If this is your first virtual viewing party read our FAQs for additional information.

The content and activities are suitable for all grades but we recommend you preview the video to determine if it is appropriate for your students.

How to Watch

We recommend you download the video, Flipping the White House, in advance of your viewing party for the most seamless viewing experience.

This video is available to all Discovery Education Streaming customers, if you are not currently a subscriber to this service, you can sign-up for a no-obligation 60-day trial to participate in this event.

Join the Discussion

Join the conversation by following @DiscoveryEd on Twitter. Share photos of your classroom viewing, reflections from the essential questions, and more using #CelebratewithDE. Not on Twitter? Our Inauguration Padlet will enable you to share reflections, photos, and outcomes, while seeing what other classes have to say.


What if we are watching before or after January 19th?

Your class can watch the video any time and join the discussion asynchronously. If you are participating after January 19, you may want to have students review the Padlet or Twitter discussion to compare ideas and make connections. You can also use the suggested resources below to support your discussions.

Suggested Viewing Activities


Suggested Viewing Activities

To make the most of the virtual viewing party with your class, we suggest the following activities.

Before the Viewing Party
The White House is not just where the president conduct business but It’s also his family home and each president, and their families, who have lived at the White House has left their mark Have students work in pairs to research what it’s like to live at the White House from different perspectives, e.g. the President, the first lady, their children. Using Spotlight on Strategy: Multiple Perspectives, students write about a day in the life of their chosen person. Share with the class and have students discuss why they decided upon specific information for their day-in-the-life writing.

Suggested Discovery Education Resources
During the Video Viewing
The White House transition is one of the lesser-reported parts of the Inauguration. As students are watching the video have them complete an AEIOU graphic organizer. This strategy helps students look for and remember key ideas about the information presented in the video. It also provides a conversation structure for debriefing with students. 

After the Video Viewing
Using the Essential Questions as a guide, have students create Six Word Stories around what they found most interesting, or surprising, about what happens at the White House while the president and his team are at the Inauguration. Don’t forget to share your Six Word Stories with us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd using #CelebratewithDE.



Viewing Party Essential Questions

Why is the physical transformation of the White House important to the presidential transition of power?

What role does public perception play in transitioning the power of the presidency?

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the White House moving staff?

Related Classroom Resources


Don’t forget you can also use our previous resources around the 2016 presidential election to support your teaching of the inauguration.

Inauguration Resources

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Election Day Resources

There is plenty to talk about in this election cycle, but it may seem challenging to discuss some of the particulars in your classroom. Whether you teach the early grades or high school seniors, you may wish to focus on the election process rather than the specific slings and arrows of this election. Discovery Education has a robust selection of resources to help your students learn about the election process so they can be educated and informed voters or future voters. | Read More

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Chase the Race in School Resources

Every four years, political candidates run to become the next President of the United States. To engage students in this process, Discovery Education and ENVISION have developed a series of classroom resources to lead students through the major presidential election year milestones. Our online resources, videos, digital tools, and live virtual experiences will bring these events to life through the perspective of the youth audience — from understanding the significance of the Iowa Caucus and important primaries; to the national debates and conventions, all the way to Election Day and the Presidential Inauguration. Find Out More