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An Accessible Look at the American Presidency

With the annual observance of Presidents Day, parents and teachers have a unique opportunity to capture their students' interests in a profession that evokes almost universal fascination: The Presidency of the United States. The DCMP has a wide assortment of accessible media titles to aid in planning for your Presidency-related lessons and activities. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

More Videos on the Presidency

Cartoon of a girl holding a soccer ball and hair dryer with toys scattered on floor. Caption. A president has to lead by example.
10 minutes 9 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 5
White duck behind a podium raises its wings up in front of a crowd at a political rally. Caption. Duck was officially in charge.
15 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Still image from: City Island: President Watt
City Island
Episode 1
3 minutes
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Cartoon of a woman holding a stack of history books smiles down at a child who looks back with arms shrugging up to the side. Caption. No girl president? Ever? Grace asked.
11 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Cartoon white duck at a decorated podium raises its wings up as if wringing its hands, hats flying in the air. Spanish caption. Los votantes habían decidido.
15 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Digital collage. Superimposed heads of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson on the bodies of 2 men with arms around each other. Text overlay reads, "B, F, Fs 4 eva." Caption. His best friend was Thomas Jefferson.
60-Second Presidents
Episode 2
1 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Digital collage. Portrait of George Washington next to a map of the U, S with some eastern states shaded purple. Thought bubble reads, "I'm the president and I set lots of precedents!" Caption. As our first president, he established many precedents.
60-Second Presidents
Episode 1
1 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Painting of men creating the U, S Constitution. Some are standing, others are seated, and 1 sits at a table partially covered in papers with a book, inkwell, and quill pen on the other side. Caption. And how they handled those concerns.
Constitution Hall Pass
Episode 2
21 minutes 50 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 10
Cartoon of a man and woman standing behind a podium with the presidential crest, red and blue balloons dropping from the ceiling. Caption. If the President dies or is unable to hold office.
16 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Painting of George Washington with a white powdered wig and wearing a black colonial suit standing behind a desk as 1 man signs a paper and several men in powdered wigs look on. Caption. The Convention decided the nation.
Our Presidents In America's History
Episode 1
13 minutes 52 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 12


William McKinley was the first president to campaign by telephone.

Barack Obama collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books.

Grover Cleveland personally answered the White House phone.

George Washington was the only president who did not represent a political party.


George Washington: Sweet Lips

James Garfield: Veto

John F. Kennedy: Macaroni

Richard Nixon: Checkers

George W. Bush: Barney

Barack Obama: Bo and Sunny

Joe Biden: Champ and Major