What is it like to be a First Kid and live in the White House? Students will find out as they explore White House family life. Acting as "real" first kids, students role-play different historical characters as they reenact White House events such as birthday parties and holiday celebrations, as well as meet some famous first pets. This program introduces children to White House families throughout history and presents themes such as family traditions, celebrations, and roles. At the conclusion of the program, the class will make their own "White House Family Album" to include historical photos and new images they create in class during their reenactment.

For Educators  ›  Pre-Visit Lesson & Activities

This pre-visit lesson plan and accompanying image sets were designed to prepare students for our "First Kid for a Day" in-school program, a free outreach program available to teachers in the DC Metro Area.

If you are an educator outside of the DC Metro Area, this lesson includes several engaging activities perfect for classroom use. Instructions for each image set and reproducible can be found within the lesson plan.

Pre-Visit Lesson Plan and Background Information  ›  


Image Sets  ›  

»  "President Obama and Bo Photo Analysis" [PDF]

»  "Presidents Now and Then" [PDF]

»  "Inside the White House" [PDF]

»  "Amy Carter and Famous People" [PDF]

»  "Tricia's Tour" [PDF]

Reproducibles  ›  

»  "What Does the President Do?" [PDF]

* These materials are for educational use only and unless otherwise noted, copyrighted by The White House Historical Association

Program Related Online Resources  ›  

For more information about first families, first pets and holidays at the White House:

»  First Kids K-3 Lesson

»  First Kids 4-8 Lesson (content still relevant despite grade levels)

»  The Holiday Season at the White House

»  Top Dog at the White House [PDF]

»  The Fourth of July at the White House

White House History Online Resources  ›  

»  Picturing the President's House

»  White House Time Machine

»  The President's House and Its People (Betty Monkman)

»  The President's House (William Seale)

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Standards & Correlations

First Kid for a Day (K-1)