Putting Books to Work: The House That George Built



A bulldozer digs out two new basement levels for theWhite House in 1950. Abbie Rowe, National Park Service

Gather 3 improvements made to the White House by presidents. Perform research tasks with your group by visiting the websites below. One person may wish to take notes.


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  • White House History Classroom
    Description: The White House has come to symbolize the presidency and American leadership here in the United States and around the world.By the middle of the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of visitors had moved through the White House. Dozens of smaller renovations and additions had weakened the structure, and the floors were in danger of collapsing. View part of the rebuild process and take notes.

  • White House Design Activity
    Description: As more people needed to work in the White House, it grew over the years. See how it has grown in these drawings. Use color markers or crayons and paint the White House any color you like!

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  • White House History Symbol of Leadership
    Description: What do you think of when you see a flag? What does it mean? When you see this red, white and blue flag, you think of America! The American flag is a symbol of our country. Buildings can be symbols too. The White House is the home and office of the president of the United States. When people see a picture of the White House, they think of the leader of our country. The White House is a symbol of leadership. Some people from other countries also see the White House and think of freedom.

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