Hawthorne, CA, February 2, 2010 – With Presidents Day fast approaching, many teachers are scrambling to find Presidents Day Activities to help their students learn about Presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Well, all they need to do is go to www.PresidentsCrosswordPuzzles.com to find a free Presidents Day Crossword Puzzle and a free Presidents Day Word Search. They will also find Presidential Study Facts, Crossword Puzzles, and Word Searches on both President Washington and President Lincoln. These Presidents Day Activities were created by Christopher Rudolph, a U.S. History teacher and Language Arts teacher, at the Prairie Vista Middle School in Hawthorne, California.
Presidents day 2010 is celebrated on February 15th. However, the Federal Holiday, originally established in 1885, was on February 22nd which is President George Washington’s Birthday. Then in 1971, The Uniform Monday Holiday Act changed it to the third Monday of February. This change was made to create more three day weekends for Federal Employees. The Official U.S. Holiday is still meant to honor George Washington. The act in 1971 did not create a Federal Holiday called Presidents Day, President’s Day, or Presidents’ Day. Officially it is still a day to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday. Since it is not celebrated on his actual birthday, this has created some confusion. Many people have also chosen to honor President Abraham Lincoln because his birthday is also in February (February 12th). Although grammatically incorrect, the most common spelling used is simply “Presidents Day.”
In addition to the other Presidents Day Activities, Christopher Rudolph’s “Presidents Song” helps students memorize the order of the U.S. Presidents. History teachers around the country challenge students to memorize the order of the Presidents because it helps to create a strong foundation of knowledge upon which more historical knowledge can be constructed. “The mind is incredible. The more you know. The more you can know. Knowledge builds upon knowledge. I think every U.S. History student should know the order of the U.S. Presidents. All Americans share a common history, and the men that have led our country deserve to be remembered by all of our nation’s children,” Christopher Rudolph said.
Learning the order of the U.S. Presidents with a song is easy compared to trying to learn the order of the Presidents without some kind of didactic tool. “The ‘Presidents Song’ provides the missing key to help students master the order of the United States Presidents,” he said. The song is broken into six parts or stanzas. Students should try to learn one part at a time until they have learned all six parts.
There are plenty of Presidents Day Activities to be found at www.PresidentsCrosswordPuzzles.com