Many first ladies have strong ties to education, and several have been educators themselves. Abigail Fillmore taught for six years and created a library in the White House. Grace Coolidge taught at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Massachusetts, where she met her future husband, Calvin. Laura Bush was a librarian and still supports literacy causes through her foundation.
You’ll find lots of fascinating facts in the book First Ladies and the companion book, Presidents, from the DK Eyewitness series. One lucky teacher will win these books. To enter our random drawing, post a comment to this blog no later than 11:59 pm EST on February 28, 2017, and let us know which of this month’s fun freebies get your vote. May the best freebie win! (Update: congratulations to Kathleen, who is the winner of our prize.)
First Lady Ellen Wilson was an accomplished painter. She’d be amazed at what you can find at Artopia, where the characters learn about different art forms. Check out this free resource at thirteen.org/artopia.
Lou Hoover was the first woman to earn a degree in geology from Stanford, way before STEM was a thing! Bet she’d enjoy MIT+K12 Videos, which cover fascinating science topics, such as How to Discover a New Planet, How Computers Compute, The Physics of Invisibility Cloaks, and more.
Lucy Hayes was the first college graduate to be first lady. A website she might have loved is Quizalize, where you can create fun games on any topic for free.
Looking forward to counting the votes for your favorite freebie,
PS: I bet all of the First Ladies would be enthusiastic about Kids.gov. This site is loaded with activities, games, and videos across the curriculum. Take a look!