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44 Presidents

From George Washington To Barack Obama – A Long Way

A very interesting morph sequence featuring all 44 US presidents from 1789 up to today.

44 Presidents Rap

Lyrics

Verse I
Memorizing presidents is gonna take some effort
We’ll start with George Washington, Adams, and Thomas Jefferson
Then James Madison and James Monroe
Then John Quincy Adams like his father before

Next up we’ve got some interesting folks
Named Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk
The next four presidents that we’ll examine
Are Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan

Chorus
44 Presidents, White House residents
From the Revolution to the age of the Internet
(×4)

Verse II
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves
Then we got Johnson, Grant, and Rutherford Hayes
James Garfield, Chester Arthur
Cleveland and Harrison; let’s keep going farther

Next up, we got Cleveland again
Then McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson
The next four, yeah you know who they are, it’s
Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and FDR

Verse III
No presidents are from Wisconsin
Not Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, or Johnson
We’re getting near the end, but it’s not getting harder
It’s Nixon, Ford, then Jimmy Carter

Last four, we’re almost done
We’ve just got Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush the Son
Obama’s in the White House now
So hail to the chief and stand up proud!

Resources

Further Reading

The US Presidents

Learning about George Washington: Educational Resources
GW: Life and Times
This site has 12 slides consisting of artwork and text which describe the life of George Washington and the formation of our government. It is solid material for prepping students to learn about the rest of the presidents.

The Internet Public Library
Presidents of the United States (POTUS)
This website has detailed background information for each president, including election results, cabinet members and notable events. There also links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites.

Miller Center of Public Affairs: The University of Virginia
American President: An Online Reference Resource
This website has detailed profiles for each president, with links to full biographies, cabinet member profiles, speech transcripts, and Miller Center videos and audio files of journalists’ presentations.

USHistory.org
The President’s House in Philadelphia
This website gives students a historical overview of the times before Washington DC was our nation’s capital. It provides history of the old White House, photos, maps, news, and also provides historical context for presidents and their relations with slavery.

White House for Kids
White House for Kids
The real value of this website is its ability to make historical themes accessible to young students. Not only does it link to The White House website for detailed profiles of each president, but it provides a more “real life” view of the President and his family, including information about their favorite books and sports, events they attend, and their pets. The Parents & Teachers section contains several classroom activities, including directions for writing letters to the President, trivia about the First Family and presidential quizzes.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Education World: The Educator’s Best Friend
Campaign Ad Critic
Students analyze current campaign TV ads and literature, and then learn to look beyond the ad to understand its intended purposes and its real content.

Education World: The Educator’s Best Friend
Getting Out the Vote: An Election Day Classroom Experiment
Students learn through a hands-on experiment why voting is important, and about the potential impact of deciding not to vote.

Education World: The Educator’s Best Friend
How Well Do You Know Our Presidents?
Students research and create flip-up fact cards about the U.S. presidents.

Education World: The Educator’s Best Friend
If I Were the President
Students compose a brief essay telling what they would do to solve problems in the United States if they were elected president.

Education World: The Educator’s Best Friend
What are the Important Issues?
Students follow a multi-step voting process to determine the most important issue(s) of the current campaign, and then vote again on the five most important issues. Then the students graph the results.

PBS Kids Go!
Painting Presidential Portraits (Internet connection required)*
This lesson offers the opportunity for students to look at the duties of the president using the online game, “President for A Day.” The students can express themselves through art and creative writing, as they design new U.S. currency with presidential portraits, facts, and figures.

Teach-nology
United States President Biographical Data Form
Students pick a president and write a biography using this worksheet as a guideline.

Media

BrainPOP
Presidential Election (video) (log-in required)
In this movie, Tim and Moby teach students all about the voting process and presidential elections.

BrainPOP
Presidential Power (video) (log-in required)
In this movie, Tim and Moby introduce students to what it means to be the President of the USA. They’ll learn about the three branches of government and which one the president is a part of.

TeacherTube: Teach the World
Animaniacs Presidents (song)
Animated cartoon video from the former series, Animaniacs. They sing a song outlining America’s presidential history.

President-Elect Barack Obama

Read more:

The complete list:

1. George Washington
2. John Adams
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. James Madison
5. James Monroe
6. John Quincy Adams
7. Andrew Jackson
8. Martin Van Buren
9. William Henry Harrison
10. John Tyler
11. James Knox Polk
12. Zachary Taylor
13. Millard Fillmore
14. Franklin Pierce
15. James Buchanan
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Andrew Johnson
18. Ulysses S. Grant
19. Rutherford B. Hayes
20. James Garfield
21. Chester Arthur
22. Grover Cleveland
23. Benjamin Harrison
24. Grover Cleveland
25. William McKinley
26. Theodore Roosevelt
27. William Howard Taft
28. Woodrow Wilson
29. Warren Harding
30. Calvin Coolidge
31. Herbert Hoover
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
33. Harry S Truman
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
35. John F. Kennedy
36. Lyndon Johnson
37. Richard Nixon
38. Gerald Ford
39. James Carter
40. Ronald Reagan
41. George H. W. Bush
42. William J. Clinton
43. George W. Bush
44. Barack H. Obama


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