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US Presidents and Government
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Tags: election 2012 presidential election 2012 election 2012 candidates government lesson plans civics lesson plans

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Presidents: ​Activities and Study Resources: 

The U.S. Presidency: PBS Learning Media site with 60-second Presidents video collection, presidential portraits and biographies, and information on the duties and powers of the President, first ladies, speeches, and teachers guides on select presidents and first ladies.

Kids Discover Unit on the Presidency includes info on presidential powers and responsibillities, the cabinet, and presidential portraits.

POTUS: Facts and trivia.

Air Force One: Inside and Out

More Resources from Awesome Stories

BrainPop Vids on U.S. Presidents: use sign in username: brie132

password: dekalb

​Presidential Lapbooks

Infographic: ​​Presidential Residences

Free Readers: 

The Executive Branch (30-page download on the powers of the Presidency)

Watch this video for a plain English explanation of the U.S. electoral process. Use this "How to Watch a Presidential Debate" worksheet to examine various aspects of debating, such as the setting, techniques of persuasion, favorite phrases, rehearsed responses, camera cutaways, and post-debate analysis. 

Civics and Economics Units This download correlates with the Glencoe textbook, ​Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics & You. Covers 7 units on: citizenship, foundations of American Government, the US Constitution, branches of government, voting and elections, state and local governments, law. Includes suggested pacing, worksheets and graphic organizers. 111 pages.​

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African American History -- 12 Free Readers
Category: Social Studies
Tags: black history month black history books on black history african american history famous african americans famous black people

The following free readers on African-American History are for grades 4 - 6. 

(For addtional free readers, see:

Free Journeys e-Textbooks and Readers

Free Biography Readers 

Plants - Flowers - Trees 

Free Animal Science Readers

MLK Day: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Resources
Category: Social Studies
Tags: martin luther king day

Resources focusing on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil and human rights: 

Free MLK Jr. Unit from Kids Discover

4 Free Lesson Plans

BrainPop Movie: 

10 Things About MLK Jr.

Explore the "I Have a Dream" speech with a listening comprehension exercise.

View articles with questions, and videos from ReadWorks.

Free Books:  

Other Resources:

This collection of resources  ​from ScienceNet Links that explore such topics as the dynamics of groups, stereotypes, segregation, and the achievements of African Americans. 

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Presidents Penmanship - Teacher/Student Set

Learn penmanship with historical documents and quotes made by the Presidents.