Teaching About George Washington

INTERESTING FACTS:

  • George Washington was the first president of the United States.
  • It is not a fact that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree.  His biographer, Mason Weems, made this up to illustrate how honest Washington was in dealing with people.  It is a fact that Washington was an honest person.
  • He is known as “The Father of our Country.”
  • Washington is known for being “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

TEACHING UNIT ON GEORGE WASHINGTON:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS:

  • The Story of George Washington by Patricia A. Pingry.  Great for ages 2-6.
  • George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora.  Great for ages 4-8.
  • George Washington:  Soldier, Hero, President  (DK Series) by Justine Korman and Ron Fontes.  Great for ages 5-8.
  • George Washinton by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire.  Great for ages 5-11.
  • George Washington and the General’s Dog (Step Into Reading) by Murphy.  Great for ages 6-8
  • A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler.  Great for ages 7-10.
  • George Washington (History Maker Bios Series) by Candice F. Ransom.  Great for ages 7-10.
  • George Washington by Cheryl Harness.  Great for ages 8-10.
  • George Washington:  A Photographic Story of a Life (DK Series) by Lenny Hort.   Great for ages 9-12.
  • Our Country’s Presidents:  All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama by Ann Bausum.  Great for ages 9-12.
  • George Washington, Spymaster:  How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen.  Great for ages 10-12.
  • George Washington’s World by Geneviev Foster and Joanna Foster.  Great for ages 12 and up.  Contains world history.

CHILDREN’S DVD’S & VIDEOS:

  • George Washington:  Great Americans for Children Series – DVD by Schlessinger Media
  • Presidents 2-DVD Special – Abraham Lincoln and George Washington by Nest Learning System
  • Presidents Day DVD ( Holidays for Children DVD Series)  by Library Video Company

ACTIVITY:

  • Read George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz.  Make “hoecakes” for the children.