Read this Smithsonian article to take a look back at past presidential inaugurations and learn when some of the traditions we know first took place.
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
This online exhibition from the American History Museum introduces students to the U.S. presidency through a collection of more than 900 different objects. Composed of 11 thematic sections, the exhibition addresses everything from inaugural celebrations and the presidential roles to life in and after the White House.
Portraits of the Presidents Activities
Use the activities, games and puzzles in this teacher resource guide from the National Portrait Gallery to introduce students to the presidents and the role of the presidency in American history.
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson offered his own huge book collection as a replacement when British troops burned the Library of Congress? Or that John F. Kennedy was the youngest ever elected president—and the youngest to die in office? Invite students to learn facts about each U.S. president in this digital collection from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.
Protest Songs: A Musical Introduction
In this Smithsonian Folkways lesson, middle school students will sing and listen to famous protest songs. They will learn to discuss the musical significance as well as the sociological and historical context of these songs.
In this activity from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, elementary students will listen to freedom songs and then make their own version of one of the songs.