Friday 5: Revived for the Inaugural

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Lucy Gray

Jan 16, 2009, 10:12:44 PM1/16/09
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Hi Everyone -

My new year's resolution has been to revive the Friday 5. In case you
might have forgotten, I used to regularly publish a list of at least
five quality sites each week based on a theme. Let's see if I can keep
my resolution!

A national teachable moment is coming our way next Tuesday with the
inauguration of President-elect Obama. Regardless of how you feel
politically, it is a chance for students and teachers to examine
presidential beginnings and to contemplate the renewal process
involved with a change in administration. I hope classrooms all over
America are not just watching the event, but are actively engaged by
writing, discussing and generally analyzing material from this piece
of history and beyond. It's a great opportunity for teachers and
students to consume and produce media through photos, video, blogs,
and podcasts.

Thank you to my Twitter network for suggestions for resources!

Lucy Gray

Here are a few sites for inspiration:

1) NKO Inauguration

This is the site I'm building for one of the schools I am working
with. We are posting pictures, video podcasts, and web-based
resources. Teachers and students are welcome to leave comments to our
blog posts, take a survey, and to leave a placemark on our special
Google Map. Please visit this site!

2) U.S Presidential Inauguration Group within the Global Education

If you're looking to do some sort of last minute collaboration with
another school, check out this group!

3) Inauguration is Inspiring Classrooms Nationwide

An article from the New York Times on how schools are getting involved
with inauguration activities

4) Obama''s Inauguration: Class Rules the Streets of D.C.

Another article showing how schools are taking field trips to D.C and
using social media to publish items about the inauguration

5) Presidential Inaugural Committee's Photostream

See photos of inaugural preparations

6) Welcome to Washington DC for Kids!

General site on our nation's capitol

7) C-SPAN Classroom Inauguration Day Lesson Plan

8) YouTube - 44 US Presidents: Quotes from George Washington to Barack

Nice video that could serve as a model to be replicated for a class

9) Inauguration Day 2009: Where to Watch on TV, Radio, and Online

A great list of ways to bring the inaugural live to your classroom

10) The Library of Congress: "I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential

Lessons and primary source materials related to inaugurals

11) Inauguration Day 2009 - Mahalo

A compilation of media related to this year's event

12) 25 Inaugural Addresses

A great source for comparing and contrasting inaugural speeches

13) Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

Everything you always wanted to know about Tuesday's ceremony and

14) Democracy@Work: Inauguration Timeline

A timeline from Scholastic that might help kids visualize U.S history

To see even more resources, join our Diigo group for sharing

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