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Celebrate Presidents’ Day and promote the importance of the 2020 Presidential Election with new content from Discovery Education!

We’re releasing brand-new content just in time for Presidents’ Day. Starting this week, you’ll be able to access fascinating titles from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association that delve deeper into the life of George Washington and the important decisions he made to encourage fair and just politics in America.

Why Didn’t George Washington Become King?
Video [2:09]  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
After being elected as the first president of the United States, George Washington had the option to stay president after his first term. Douglas Bradburn, CEO and president of Mount Vernon talks about the significance of his decision and how it reflected the newly formed society.

Object Spotlight: The Acts of Congress
Video [02:47]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Explains the significance of George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress. Learn what it reveals about the first president, and how it demonstrates Washington’s dedication as he became the first leader of the United States.

Justice Kennedy on George Washington
Full Video [17:29]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Honorable Justice Anthony Kennedy discusses the important role that George Washington played in the establishment of the Constitution and the office of the President of the United States. Watch the full video or pick and choose one of the following segments.

Understanding the Constitution
Video [03:21]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Justice Anthony Kennedy details the differences between Article I and Article II of the Constitution and reveals some of the issues that occurred during George Washington’s first term as President of the United States.

Limitations of Power and the Presidency
Video [05:27]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Justice Kennedy discusses George Washington’s encouragement of the limitations of power and the presidency written into the U.S. Constitution.

George Washington and the Constitution
Video [03:51]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Highlights George Washington’s presidency as Justice Kennedy discusses Washington’s impact on the development of the U.S. Constitution.

Presidents’ Day Channel

You can find this and much more in our existing Presidents’ Day Channel in the immersive Experience platform. Each themed channel is made up of a comprehensive collection of high-quality content and instructional resources, curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts and differentiated by grade level. Choose from a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, and text!

Lastly, don’t forget to explore the exciting new Election 2020 channel that goes live on Presidents’ Day! Teach students the process behind the presidential election and the importance of voting and exercising their civic responsibility while letting their voice be heard.


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