2009 Inauguration Sites and Resources
Fun Facts about Barack Obama from Kaboose website
• The name Barack means “blessing from God”
• He is left-handed.
• According to Blender magazine, his favorite music includes artists like The Fugees, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Kanye West.
• He won a Grammy award for the audio recording of his book Dreams from My Father.
• He has authored three very successful books.
• According to his official Facebook profile, his favorite TV show is Sportcenter.
• When he was a child, he wanted to become an architect.
• He collects comic books.
• When he lived in Indonesia, he had two baby crocodiles, chickens, ducks and a gibbon named Tata as his pets.
• He loves to cook chili.
• According to the Associated Press, his least favorite food is beets.
Official Presidential Inaugural Committee’s photostream
The Innovative Educator site contains several engaging, technology based projects and activities. One project uses VoiceThread – teachers and their students can join the Inauguration Day Voices group which was created to try to capture the voices of individuals exploring and expressing their own perspectives on this historic event by responding to President Obama’s mantra, “Yes We Can…,” and calling on students to share their thoughts on what it is they think we can do. To participate, beginning January 5th you can visit
http://voicethread.com/group/inaugurationdayvoices.com and click Join Now.
Check out all of the other activities and suggestions.
KidThing- Dear Mr. President–http://kidthing.com/marketing/eblast-20090106-1/
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Article II of the Constitution requires an oath of office for the president. The 20th
amendment later set January 20th as Inauguration Day. Other inaugural traditions have evolved, such as the inaugural address, the first speech of the president’s term.
At this website, you’ll find Learning About Inaugural Addresses, and Inauguration
Worksheet, and lessons about the inaugural addresses of these five presidents:
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy,
and George W. Bush.
-Discusses the Constitutional requirements for inaugurations and the oath of office.
• Identifies important historical events related to Lincoln’s first inaugural address.
• Interprets selected archival materials in the light of the inaugural address and
Education Word –
This homepage has and will have inauguration ideas http://www.educationworld.com/
Every four years on January 20, an important event occurs in the United States:
A president takes the Oath of Office during an inauguration ceremony. This week,
Education World offers ten super activities to help your students learn about and
commemorate the inauguration. Included: Activities in which students write letters to the president, create presidential portraits, complete an inauguration
trivia hunt, and much more.
Students graph the presidents’ ages at inauguration. Who was the youngest
president? The oldest?
The Central Illinois Teaching with Primary Sources Newsletter, is a collaborative project between the Teaching with Primary Sources Programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois University.
With this issue and continuing through February 2009 the theme each month will
reflect primary sources from their Abraham Lincoln Calendar, (you can download
and print a copy of the calendar)
“I Do Solemnly Swear . . .”:
Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington’s in 1789 to George W. Bush’s inauguration of 2001.
Discuss the history of poetry at U.S. presidential inaugurations. This site contains background information as well as a lesson.
Find out about Barack Obama, Hail to the Chief, and read a story about the day George Washington was sworn in as the first President.
The White House Historical Association offers an online show and brief history of Presidential Inaugurations.
Our White House – Looking In, Looking Out- Great inauguration websites compiled by a teacher.
Read the book Dream by Susan Bosak then go to this website and participate in the “Web of Dreams – Legacy Project.”Allow students to share their hopes and dreams for Barrack Obama’s inauguration. A neat story as well as activity.
Tech Coordinator at magnet schools in DC gives us a number of sites: