The White House

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 12004

Does your house have a name? There's a big house in America's capital that is known by its color, and for famous, powerful residents that move in and out every few years. Take a tour of this landmark!

categories

United States, United States

subject
Government
learning style
Visual
personality style
Lion
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

What an amazing house! Can you guess what it's called? Who lives in this big house?

The White House is where the president of the United States lives.

The White House is located in Washington, D.C. What president lives in the White House now? Tell your parent or teacher.

Any time a new president is elected, he or she lives in the White House for as long as their presidential term lasts. Some presidents live here four years, others live here eight years.

The architect who was responsible for building the White House was James Hoban. The construction of the White House lasted from the year 1792 until the year 1800. John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first president and first lady to live in the White House. During the war of 1812, the White House was set on fire by the British. The rebuilding process lasted from 1815 to 1817.

The White House was constructed by many different people. The first White House design was built out of Aquia Creek sandstone. The sandstone was painted white after the construction was finished. After the destruction of the White House during the War of 1812, the White House was reconstructed to look exactly like the original design and was built with the same materials.

The White House is a symbol of the presidency, the United States government, and the American people. It is a symbol of leadership and freedom. Many presidents have lived there and many things have changed about the White House, but some things will always remain the same. The middle section of the White House has not changed much since the days of John and Abigail Adams, yet more sections have been added to the White House during the last several years.

Now that you have learned about the White House, share two facts you learned with your parent or teacher, then move on to the Got It? section.

In the Got It? section, you will take a virtual tour of the White House.

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