- hundreds of people work at the White House to keep it running smoothly?
- that there’s a beekeeper who works at the White House?
- the President’s family is called the First Family?
- if a President isn’t married, a friend or relative may serve as the First Person?
- Presidential candidates can vote for themselves?
- William H. Harrison was President for only 32 days?
- George Washington lived in New York City when he was President?
- James Hoban won a contest to design the White House?
- British soldiers once set fire to the White House and it took 3 years to rebuild?
- it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the exterior of the White House?
- the Oval Office has four exits?
- the President pardons one turkey each year at Thanksgiving and the turkey gets to live on a farm?
- the White House has 35 bathrooms and 28 fireplaces?
- the East Room is the biggest room in the White House and once hosted a prom?
- the White House has a bowling alley?
- many children lived at the White House and one child even roller-skated inside?
- more than 100 dogs have lived there, too?
- And two alligators?
- And a pony named Macaroni?
- And a hyena?
- But no pet FLYZZ?
- President Lincoln’s ghost is said to knock on doors?
- anyone can tour the White House for free?
Looking for an engaging read to celebrate Presidents' Day—one that introduces your students to the executive branch of government and makes learning about past presidents fun? In Fly Guy Presents: The White House, by Tedd Arnold, that famous fly and his guy Buzz take students on a whirlwind tour of one of the most well-known homes in the world—the White House.
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From teaching students about text features like side bars, bold font, and photographs, to quiz-show-style class discussions about the presidency, this book is a great lead in to a variety of Fly Guy activities perfect for Presidents' Day or any time of year. Before reading aloud to students, engage them in a did-you-know? activity to build excitement before entering the White House. Here are a few facts about the White House and its past and present occupants that may surprise your students this Presidents' Day:
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If you’re looking for more books to inspire fun and engaging Presidents' Day activities, check out our 21 Books for Presidents' Day.