To celebrate the President's Day holiday (Washington's Birthday) in the U.S., Google has created a U.S. Presidents Showcase to map the birthplaces of all 44 presidents, and provide details about their presidential terms, using the Google Earth plug-in. You can also see the states that voted during each president's election by clicking on the tours in the left column of the showcase.
In addition to the U.S. Presidents map, educators can use some other resources in their classroom to explore more aspects of history. Here're a few ideas:
- Explore the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and other historical monuments in 3D and have students explain how architecture is used to honor people, concepts and establishments
- View 3D model of Valley Forge National Park in Earth
- View copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln and map the areas where slavery ended, as well as the areas that weren't initially covered by this executive order
- Discuss famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze and use the ruler tool in Earth to measure the width of the Delaware River
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