One of the goals of the education program at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is to provide educators with easy access to archival materials and ensure they have the tools to effectively incorporate these primary sources into their classroom. Whether a new teacher designing first lesson plans or a veteran teacher seeking to supplement existing curriculum, the Library and Museum strives to provide Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) aligned resources that highlight specific topics and empower teachers.
President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush listen to student Janea Bufford read at Moline Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri on February 20, 2001.
Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P20010220-4B)
For ready-to-use lesson plans and activity suggestions for teaching key issues during the Administration of President George W. Bush, visit Lesson Plans.
Primary Sources Toolkit
Want to use primary sources in the classroom, but are not quite sure how to incorporate them? Are you comfortable using primary sources, but need new records to supplement existing curriculum? Need new analysis strategies to help students better understand primary sources? Explore the Primary Sources Toolkit.
Traveling Trunk Program
Looking for an engaging and fun hands-on way to supplement existing curriculum? Consider reserving a Traveling Trunk.
Presidential Hats Program
Give your students the opportunity to be detectives! The Presidential Hats program is designed for students in grades 3 - 5. The students examine evidence from the National Archives to determine the Powers of the President using clues and deductive reasoning. Students rotate among 7 stations, each equipped with a symbolic hat. The hat at each station represents a different role of the American President. This is a fun and interactive way for students to learn about the President of the United States. Once students complete the rotation of all stations, their worksheets are constructed into a tall top hat, so that they can literally “wear” the knowledge they learned.
The objective of the program is to teach students the many roles a U.S. President plays. With the Presidential Hats program, students learn using technology in a cooperative setting. They are asked to read and discuss, comprehend, write, draw an illustration (another component of their worksheet), and construct. Additionally, all learning modalities are addressed: kinesthetic, auditory, visual and tactile. Email Bush43Education@nara.gov for more information.
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