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Virtual Viewing Party: Presidents' Day

On-Demand Event

Join Discovery Education as we explore the history of Presidents' Day, a federal holiday honoring the legacies of former U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This program reveals how the meaning of the day changed over time, morphing into a holiday celebrating all U.S. presidents, and provides information about how communities across America celebrate the day.

Explore the Legacy of Our Presidents

What is a Virtual Viewing Party?

A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of a brand-new Discovery Education video, Celebrate with DE: Presidents' Day. This video explains the history of Presidents' Day and features students discussing the importance of the holiday and the qualities of an effective leader.

Thousands of classrooms will simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections about the holiday, the importance of presidential legacies, and the effect of leadership on the current day. 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, 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, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, and Math Techbook customers. If you are not currently a subscriber to these services, you can sign-up for a no-obligation 60-day trial to watch the video for this event.

Viewing Party Essential Questions

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?

Join the Discussion

What if we are participating in the on-demand event?

Your class can watch the video any time and join the discussion independently. If you are participating on-demand, you may want to have students review the Presidents' Day Padlet or Twitter discussion to compare ideas and make connections. You can also use the suggested resources below to support your discussions.


Made with Padlet

Suggested Viewing Activities

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


Before the Viewing Party

Get your students ready to celebrate Presidents' Day by having a discussion about what makes a great leader. Allow students to offer ideas and debate openly. Stress that there is no perfect list of qualifications and opinions may differ. At the end of the discussion, encourage students to write their own list of the top 5 qualities necessary to be a great leader.


During the Viewing Party
Use the strategy Table Top Texting to help students process information from the video. Plan to pause the video about every minute to allow students to "text" each other about the content. Their texting will inform the revision of their leadership lists.

After the Viewing Party
Immediately following the viewing party, ask students to revisit their lists of the top 5 qualities necessary to be a great leader. Encourage them to revise their lists and cite evidence or support from the resources and virtual viewing party to justify their thinking. Then, hold another discussion to attempt to come up with class consensus about the top 5 qualities of a great leader.

Offer to share your students' thinking and top qualities via your personal, class, or school Twitter account. Don’t forget to share it all with us on Padlet and Twitter @DiscoveryEd using #CelebratewithDE.

Related Resources

You may also be interested in the following timely resources available from Discovery Education.


Studio Board: Studying the History of Presidents' Day, Grades K-12

Content Collection:
Presidents' Day, Grades K-12

Full Video:
George Washington, Grades K-12

Full Video:
Abraham Lincoln, Grades K-12

Full Video: Holiday Facts and Fun: Presidents' Day, Grades K-5

Podcast: Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How Lame Ducks Work, Grades 6-12

Skill Builder:
The Executive Branch, Grades 3-12