Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week 23: George Washington

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President's Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the third Monday of February. This holiday was originally designated in honor of George Washington's birthday and is still legally called "Washington's Birthday." 

Washington's Birthday has a history as old as our country. It was celebrated publicly for the first time in the late 18th century, while George Washington was still president! Washington's Birthday became official in 1885, when President Chester Arthur signed a bill making it a federal holiday.

In honor of our first president and the namesake of our state, let's share facts about Washington and his presidency. Visit the websites below, find a cool fact about George Washington and add it to the comment box to share with the class! Try to find a fact that none of your classmates have already written.
Your fact will not be seen by others until I approve it. Please respond before Friday, February 25!

24 comments:

Karl February 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I found out that George Washington had no children of his own. He did adopt his wife's two children from a previous marriage.

Logan February 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I learned that George Washington had false teeth carved from whale bone, rhinoceros ivory and deer antlers.

salara February 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

George is one of nine Presidents who never went to college.

Abigail February 21, 2011 at 11:57 PM

George Washington was 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Cody February 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM

George Washington's father died when George was 11.

Rachel February 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM

He loved ice cream so much that he installed two ice-cream freezers at his home, Mount Vernon. He also loved to go fox hunting.

Anthony February 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

George Washington liked exploring caves and he liked fishing.

Grace February 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

George Washington loved cream of peanut soup. YUCK.

Anonymous February 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM

He freed his slaves in his will when he died.
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Noah February 24, 2011 at 9:40 AM

George Washington had six white horses and brushed their teeth every morning, and his real birthday is on February 22nd,which is my birthday too.

Connor February 24, 2011 at 9:41 AM

George Washington died two weeks before a new century.

Mrs. Sol February 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Excellent facts kids! I'm learning a ton.

Happy birthday Noah!

Naomi February 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

I learned that George Washington was6'3 but he wasn't the tallest Lincoln was 6'4.

Rubee February 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Washington was one of three presidents who adopted children.

Washington loved cream of peanut soup.

George loved horses. Before riding he insited that the horse that the horse be cleaned from head to hoof. He even had his helpers brush his teeth.

He is considered to be one of Americas greatest presidents.

Julia February 25, 2011 at 7:03 AM

George Washington was president for eight years.

Darleen February 25, 2011 at 7:04 AM

George Washington liked to fish.

Annah February 25, 2011 at 2:08 PM

George Washington started losing his teeth in his twenties! That's really young to loose your teeth!

Ethan February 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Native Americans taught President Washington to walk silently in the woods. He was brave and slept with his men instead of in a comfortable bed.

Jesse February 25, 2011 at 2:16 PM

He had several dogs their names were Sweet Lips, Taster, Tipler, Forester, Vulcan, Madame Moose, and Searcher.

Floriana February 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM

George Washington was born in a poor family, and started out as a general for the colonist's army, then he became the first president of the United States.

daniels February 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

President Washington was the only president who was unanimously elected

Arinne February 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

George Washington died of a throat infection on Dec. 14, 1799. I wonder if it was strep throat which was making me sick for 3 months, I am all better now.

George Washington had 6 horses he brushed their teeth every morning.

Rianna February 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee were admitted as states during Washingtons presidency.

Christian Smith March 1, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Georges favorite subject was math.

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