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.
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 ›
Program Related Online Resources ›
For more information about first families, first pets and holidays at the White House:
White House History Online Resources ›