I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 9.
Looking for great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about President George Washington? Here you will find my favorite picks we used while studying the individual Presidents of the United States. This is part of a series of lessons I posted on individual Presidents. You can find links to all the lessons at President's Day Unit Study .
Just the Facts on Our 1st President
Presidential Term: 1789-1797
Political Party: None, though favored the Federalists
Vice President: John Adams
Occupation: Military & Planter (Farmer)
Yearly Salary as President: Salary declined by Washington
First Lady: Martha Custis Washington
Our beloved first president, George Washington, was deemed "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen" as part of his eulogy adopted by Congress. He was the only president to have been elected unanimously by the electoral college.
We found these to be helpful when creating a notebook, lapbook, and cooking project on President George Washington.
George Washington for Teachers offers links to lots of free worksheets covering George Washington. Also included are book suggestions and general information.
President's Day Lapbook offers free lapbook pages & activity ideas related to George Washington.
George Washington's Recipes provides recipe suggestions for some of George Washington's favorite foods.
George Washington Lapbook includes links to free lapbook pages, minibooks, folder games, printables, and more all related to George Washington.
Presidents Lapbook provides free lapbook pages for each of the Presidents of the United States.
Presidential Statistics and Points of Interest includes an overview of George Washington's life and some fun points of interest.
My Favorite Picture Books on George Washington
More Good Picture Book Options on President George Washington
George Washington by Ingri d'Aulaire is a longer picture book and has beautiful illustrations. It's historical accuracy is occasionally questionable, but overall, it is a great picture book option.
George Washington: Farmer, Soldier, President (Biographies (Picture Window Books)) by Pamela Hill Nettleton is a nice picture book covering his life. All of my children enjoyed this book.
George Washington -- Soldier, Hero, President (DK Readers, Level 3: Reading Alone) by DK Publishing provides great information on Washington and includes many interesting facts about his life.
George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra is a fun, simple picture book that follows Washington's life and includes his main live events and what happened to his teeth.
George Washington's Breakfast by Jean Fritz is a neat picture book about a boy who researches to discover what Washington ate for breakfast. The book includes numerous other tidbits the boy finds out about Washington. Yes, a recipe for Washington's breakfast is included!
Farmer George Plants a Nation by Peggy Thomas focuses on how Washington was actually a farmer at Mount Vernon. The book includes excerpts from his writings.
How To Draw The Life And Times Of George Washington (Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America) by Philip Abraham combines art lessons with a biographical book on Washington. Each page has a short amount of information about an aspect of his life and then includes simple art instructions on how to draw the people, places, and events.
Best Chapter Books on George Washington
More Good Chapter Book Options
George Washington's World by Joanna Foster is unique in that it takes the life of George Washington and then tells what was going on in America and in the rest of the world while he was alive. It reads just like a story, and is a delight!
Meet George Washington (Landmark Books) by Joan Heilbroner is an 80 page biography with occasional illustrations and is a good option for grades 2-4.
George Washington: Man of Prayer and Courage (The Sowers) by Norma Cournow Camp points out the Christian character and faith of George Washington.
Great Book of Activity Ideas
Timeline of Major Events
North Carolina admitted as the 12th state
First session of the Supreme Court (under Chief Justice John Jay)
First U.S. census (3,929,214 Americans were counted)
Rhode Island admitted as the 13th state
Federal capital established along the Potomac River
Bank of the United States established
Bill of Rights became law
Vermont admitted as the 14th state
Congress established the Post Office
New York Stock Exchange organized
Kentucky admitted as the 15th state
Re-elected president for 2nd term
Eli Whitney invented the cotton
The Jay Treaty
Tennessee admitted as the 16th state
Washington's Farewell Address, refusing a third term
America's First President's House in Philadelphia
George Washington was the only president to never live in Washington, D.C. During his presidency. Instead, he lived in the President's House in America's first capital city, Philadelphia.
Whiskey Rebellion of 1791
The successful suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 showed Americans that the newly formed government was willing and able to "suppress violent resistance to its laws."
Washington's Farewell Speech
After refusing a third presidential term and thus setting a precedent for future presidents, George Washington delivered a farewell speech that gave heart-felt advice to the nation and its future leaders. Following his retirement from public service, he enjoyed some of the happiest years of his life, returning to some of his favorite pastimes of fox hunting, dancing, and hosting lavish dinner parties.
Good Overview of President George Washington
When searching out YouTube video clips that provided helpful information about Washington and were completely child-friendly, these were our favorites.
- President's Day Unit Study - I posted links to each of my lessons on individual Presidents here. In each lesson I included fun worksheets, children's books, YouTube clips, timelines, and recipe ideas. On this page I also included our favorite books and YouTube video clips that cover all of the Presidents of the United States.
- Fun, FREE Hands-on Unit Studies - Looking for all of my lessons and unit studies? Over the years I have posted over 35 science and social-studies based unit studies, compromised of more than 170 lessons. For each lesson I have included activities (with photos), our favorite books and YouTube video clips, lapbook links, and other resources. I posted links to all of my unit studies and lessons on this page.
© 2012 Shannon
What first comes to mind when you think of George Washington? - Or just let me know you dropped by. I LOVE getting feedback from you!
Deborah Packard on December 22, 2018:
I have an 8th-grade level grandson who is failing US history. I love history. There no longer seems to be textbooks. I have talked with the school and kind of understand that there are handouts. Which no one at home has ever seen. If the internet is used, I have not received any information. Your info seems great. I care most about helping my grandson understand what a great country we have and the people that have made his homeland. I am an ancestry.com user. I am open to any suggestions. I truly appreciate your pages.
Shannon (author) from Florida on November 05, 2012:
@JoyfulPamela2: Thank you so much!!!
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on November 05, 2012:
"I cannot tell a lie" - this is a fabulous page for studying about President Washington! I added it to my president unit study page. :)