Washington’s Birthday, more commonly called Presidents’ Day, gives Americans the opportunity to honor George Washington and the fascinating history of the American presidency.
Did you know that there are 18 USCIS civics test questions about U.S. presidents? For Presidents’ Day, we want to highlight some of the resources we offer for learners and teachers on U.S. presidents.
USCIS has educational materials to help you learn about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. Here are some products that have information about the powers of the presidency and about leaders who shaped our country:
In addition to the products highlighted above, USCIS offers free online tools and materials for educators and volunteers. Some examples include:
Lesson Plans and Activities
Visit this page to find lesson plans, student handouts, and answer keys on a variety of topics, including these lessons that discuss presidents:
American Symbols and Celebrations (Beginning Level)
George Washington (Beginning Level)
Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence (Beginning Level)
Abraham Lincoln (Beginning Level)
Executive Branch (Beginning Level)
Executive Branch (Intermediate Level)
A Promise of Freedom: An Introduction to U.S. History and Civics for Immigrants
This 12-minute film focuses on the history and founding of our nation and the important rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Accompanying the video is a discussion booklet that encourages discussion and review of the basic concepts of American democracy outlined in the film.
Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship
This web resource, described above, also has a “Teachers” section with teacher guides. The guides provide strategies and handouts for each theme. For Presidents’ Day, be sure to visit the teacher guide on “Symbols & Holidays”.
Citizenship Foundation Skills and Knowledge Clusters
This booklet highlights the knowledge and skills needed for students to be successful on the naturalization interview and test. Refer to pages 5, 6, and 7 for information about where Presidents’ Day can be included in a citizenship curriculum.