Monday, February 20, 2012

Cool Free George Washionton Resources in Honor of President's Daqy

George Washington (Lansdowne portrait) by Gilbert Stuart, oil on canvas, 1796
Today in honor of President's Day you can check ou all kinds of goodies:
Homeschool and classroom teachers alike should enjoy this free downloadable teachers guide and poster:

This Teacher Resource Guide is designed for incorporation into history and social studies curricula. It will introduce your students to some of the events and issues that shaped George Washington’s life. The activities should enhance your students’ knowledge of Washington and expand their horizons about this complex and interesting man.
Each activity includes suggested objectives, procedures, related standards in historical thinking, worksheets, and other supplemental materials. The lessons meet United States History Standards for either Era 2, Colonization and Settlement, or Era 3, Revolution and the New Nation

The Portrait - George Washington: A National Treasure:for an interesting audio and interactive fun.
As they describe it on the site: "George Washington stands before you in a full-length portrait by Gilbert Stuart. The painting, done in 1796, is known as the Lansdowne portrait because it was a gift to the Marquis of Lansdowne, an English supporter of American independence, from Senator and Mrs. William Bingham of Pennsylvania.

This interactive portait allows you to to explore the portrait in detail, from three very different vantage points: the symbolic, the biographic, and the artistic"

Or go direct to the kids version, which sounds more fun to me, and  "Portrait for Kids
Follow the clues and help solve a make-believe mystery! Using your noggin and a special spyglass tool, you’ll uncover hidden layers of the painting and learn fascinating facts about the portrait along the way. Let the sleuthing begin!

You can also read and do fun activities about: the Patriot Papers

  Tile Game
Unscramble tiles to reveal historical messages.
  Portrait Puzzler
Match portraits of George Washington’s famous contemporaries with their deeds.
  CROSS-ing the Delaware
Fill in a crossword puzzle with facts about George Washington’s life and times.
  Where’s George?
Search for well-known colonial places and personalities in this word search.
Just click here for the activities above:

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