According to http://www.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/george.html
Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22).
In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, the Presidents’ Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.
The Federal statute designates this day as Washington’s Birthday, President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the holiday as "President’s Day" in 1971. President Nixon erroneously believed that a Presidential proclamation on the matter carried the same weight as an Executive Order.
Since that change in 1971, the common term has been "President’s Day".
Have fun celebrating President’s Day with the following links!
Presidents Day activities and lesson plan ideas
President’s Day Coloring Pages
http://www.coloring .ws/president. htm
George Washington coloring page
Cute George cutting cherry tree coloring page
Printable puzzles, online quiz, etc
Easy Word Find
Printable Word Hunt
Online and Printable Activities
Activities and Crafts
U.S. President Word Search
http://www.thepotte rs.com/puzzles/ presidents. html
Abe Lincoln Maze
http://www.bry- backmanor. org/actpag27. html
George Washington Maze
http://library. thinkquest. org/TQ0312848/ mazeprinter. htm
Lots of Printables, Links
Abe Lincoln Log Cabins and George Washington’s Hatchet and more!
SONGS and Poems
Neat poem here:
George Washington, that hero grand
Was president of our dear land
Eight troubled years. Then Adams (John)
Preceded Thomas Jefferson.
He was elected twice, you know,
Like Madison and James Monroe.
John Quincy Adams, wise and firm,
Was next; then Jackson’s double term.
Van Buren ruled when times were bad;
The death of Harrison was sad;
But Tyler came his years to close
Ere James K. Polk, in turn, arose.
Zach. Taylor of the Texan war
Soon left his place to good Fillmore.
Pierce and Buchanan both held sway
While slavery questions ruled the day.
That storm cloud burst while Lincoln steered
The "Ship of State", whose wreck he feared;
Scarce had he brought it safe to port
When crime his second term cut short.
Johnson was therefore forced, though loath,
To take the Presidential oath.
Grant of our nation twice was head,
Ere to the White House Hayes was led.
When Garfield’s pain was o’er, at last,
His power to Chester Arthur passed.
Next Cleveland and Ben Harrison,
Whose place again firm Cleveland won.
McKinley wrestled hard with Spain,
And in his second term was slain.
Then Roosevelt ruled, years nearly eight,
Ere Taft became our head of state.
Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Yankee Doodle"
I Love the name of Abraham
We see him on our money
His picture’s on the $5.00 bill
And also on our penny.
Honest Abe is what he’s called
Honest, kind and true.
He was our 16th President
He loved both me and you, sir.
Another – Dancin’ Presidents – funny rhyme
To the tune of 10 Little Indians
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison
Monroe, Adams, Jackson, VanBuren,
Harrison, Tyler, Polk and Taylor,
Filmore, Pierce and Buchanan.
Lincoln, Johnson, Grant, Hayes,
Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, Harrison,
Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft,
And – Woodrow Wilson.
Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt,
Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson,
Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan,
Bush, Clinton and Bush –
– are the 43 Presidents. (this line is the same tune/beat as the previous line of ‘Bush, Clinton,
Nickelodeon’ s " Nick Elections All The Presidents" song. This one cracks me up!!!
click on Nick elections all the presidents for a cute cartoon and song!
Too cute! President song –
"From our first through forty-third guy
"George Dubya" to "George Dubya" . such coincidence occurred by"
VIDEO – http://www.damonleigh.com/JukePage/Ortyn/OYDPflash.html
The Presidents Song
Sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
Washington was first and then came
Adams and Tom Jefferson
Madison, Monroe and Adams
Jackson and Van Buren
Harrison, Tyler, Polk and Taylor
Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan
Lincoln, Johnson, Grant and Hayes and
Garfield ruled the land then.
Arthur was the 21st and
22 was Cleveland
Harrison was 23 and
back came President Cleveland
McKinley and then Roosevelt
Taft and Woodrow Wilson
Harding and then Coolidge and then
maybe someday you can.
Penny Game – vintage street game
Of the 16 coins, only one a genuine U.S. penny- guess which one!
Links to online games, etc
Here’s a great cherry muffin recipe. I did omit the salt and just used a handful of nuts and a stick of butter (on accident) and cut the sugar down to 3/4 a cup and sprinkled stevia on top.
Legend of George Washington & The Cherry Tree
http://www.homefire s.com/click? georgewashington ss
Legend of Why Lincoln was Called "Honest Abe:
http://www.homefire s.com/click? abrahamlincolnsh or
HOLIDAY LINKS (Washington, Lincoln)
Web Based Teacher Resources 3rd-5th Grade Over President’s Day (here)
K-2 Resources (here)
President’s Day Theme
Links – Quizes,Worksheets, Etc