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Inauguration Day on Friday

Unread post by Julie - Staff » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:51 pm

Inauguration Day – The 20th of January following a presidential election

Another national tradition this month - ceremonies surrounding the Inauguration which happens this Friday. If you are looking for a little something to do, here are a few ideas to choose from for different ages or interests. Feel free to add more!

Books Books Book?

I can't believe that a bibliophile like me does not have a single book in mind for Inaugurations! Please help - share if you have read a good one! Here is one that came up on a quick search, but I have NOT read it: Democracy's Big Day by Jim Bendat.

Getting Creative

(1) Write a letter to welcome the new president and/or thank the old one.

(2) Watch or even try reciting a previous inaugural address.

For younger kids, our first president gave the shortest speech at his second inauguration: ... ceremonies

FDR's famous line that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" is from his inaugural address:
This is the full transcript and a *part* of the original audio. He pretty much starts right out with his famous phrase.

For older kids, Kennedy’s address has many famous lines.
His address starts at about 1:30
His “ask not” lines are near the end, around 13:55
His “pay any price… oppose any foe” – reflecting the Cold War - happens at about 3:35

Don't try to memorize President Harrison's address, as it was 8,500 words and may have led to his death from pneumonia!

(3) Of course, we can write our own great speeches!

(4) How about graphing something - maybe the presidents' ages at inauguration?!

(5) Copy The Oath of Office:
Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution wrote:"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Info - Learn About the Events of Inauguration Day

(1) Outline of Friday’s events, beginning with prayer. The Oath of Office is shown
(Events also include a ceremony at 3:30 on Thursday to honor veterans. There is supposed to be more info added to this page soon: )

(2) What happens on Inauguration Day? Includes some clips of previous presidents, by the History channel: (2 min.)

(3) A 3-minute video on the history of the day:

(4) About the first inauguration, by CBS News, featuring quite a bit on the original Bible: (4 min.)

(5) Drama honoring the amazing accomplishment of transferring power (slightly different theories about the original Bible): (4 min.)

(6) For older kids, a historian chats about inauguration details over time - differences and sameness. ... -artifacts (8 min.)


Presidential Inauguration Bingo Game Printable - A fun way to listen to a speech! ... ingo-game/

For the architects among us – a platform must be built to hold 1,600 - wow!

MFW tie-ins:
4littlehearts wrote:This week we are reading about the swearing in of the first President of the US in week 11 of Adventures.

I'd love to hear more ideas for Inauguration Day!

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