#CelebrateWithDE and explore the history of Presidents' Day, a federal holiday honoring the legacies of former U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, with this virtual viewing party.
A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of the Discovery Education video Celebrate With DE: Presidents' Day which explores the history of Presidents' Day, reveals how the meaning of the day changed over time, and looks at how communities across America celebrate the day.
Thousands of classrooms simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections around the importance of recognizing and remembering our presidents. 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.
We recommend you download the video, Celebrate With DE: Presidents' Day, in advance of your viewing party for the most seamless viewing experience.This video is available to all Discovery Education Streaming and Social Studies Techbook customers, if you are not currently a subscriber to these services, you can sign-up for a no-obligation 60-day trial to participate in this event.
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 Presidents' Day Padlet will enable you to share reflections, photos, and outcomes, while seeing what other classes have to say.
Your class can watch the video any time and join the discussion asynchronously. If you are participating on-demand, 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.
How do Americans honor the legacies of our great presidents?
What was the original meaning of Presidents’ Day, and what does the holiday represent today?
How do George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln's achievements affect Americans today?
What personal qualities are needed to be an effective leader?
You may also be interested in the following timely resources available from Discovery Education
In this Lively Lesson, students find a variety of real world examples of differing holiday spellings, then take a position on what an “official” spelling should be. Finally, they write persuasive letters to companies explaining why they should keep or change the spelling in their advertising or text.
This blog post looks at more resources you can use to support your Presidents' Day instruction including a Presidents' Day Content Collection.
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Each month we highlight key Discovery Education resources, lesson starters, webinars and live events thematically tied to special events, celebrations, or commemorations that you may be teaching in your classrooms.