Our Education Program strives to provide educators with easy access to archival materials and ensure they have the tools to effectively incorporate these primary sources into their classrooms.
President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush listened to Janea Bufford read at Moline Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri on February 20, 2001.
Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P20010220-4B)
For ready-to-use lesson plans and activity suggestions for teaching key issues from the Administration of President George W. Bush, visit Lesson Plans.
Want to use primary sources in the classroom, but not quite sure how to incorporate them? Comfortable using primary sources, but need new records to supplement existing curriculum? Need new analysis strategies to help students better understand primary sources? Explore the Primary Sources Toolkit.
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Presidential Hats Program
Give your students the opportunity to be detectives! Our Presidential Hats program is designed for students in grades 3 - 5. Students examine evidence from the National Archives to determine the powers of the President using clues and deductive reasoning. Students rotate among 7 stations, each equipped with a symbolic hat. The hat at each station represents a different role of the American President. This is a fun and interactive way for students to learn about American Presidents. Once students complete the rotation of all stations, their worksheets are constructed into a tall top hat, so they can literally “wear” the knowledge they learned.
The Presidential Hats Program teaches students the many roles a U.S. President plays. Students learn using technology in a cooperative setting and are asked to read and discuss, comprehend, write, draw an illustration (another component of their worksheet), and construct. Additionally, all learning modalities are addressed: kinesthetic, auditory, visual, and tactile. Email Bush43Education@nara.gov for more information.
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