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February 18, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Know Before You Go: Worksheets for Your DC Class Trip

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You want to make sure your students get the most out of their Washington, D.C. student tour, and there’s no better way to do this than to provide them with essential information on the iconic sights they will visit. Before they head out, arm them with knowledge and get them excited with these worksheets, fact sheets, and quizzes on subjects such as the Smithsonian Institution, presidents, and the main governmental attractions.  

D.C. Presidents Higlights

Lincoln Crossword Puzzle
Going to Ford’s Theatre? Have kids fill out this crossword puzzle on Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Check the answers through this key.

Jefferson and Washington: Document Based Questions
Covering the challenges faced by some of our most famous presidents, these two papers on George Washington and Thomas Jefferson follow up influential primary sources with thoughtful questions. Each is six to seven pages in length.

Documents Courtesy of the Osage County Interlocal Cooperative

Government Basics

Three Branches of the Government Fact Sheet
An overview of the three branches of the government, this sheet gives students important information about the happenings of the iconic buildings they will be visiting.

Constitution Worksheets
Housed in the National Archives, the Constitution of the United States is arguably the most important document in our country. In this worksheet, a short overview of the history and contents of the document is followed by a True and False quiz.

Arlington National Cemetery Facts
This two page document from the Government of Virginia outlines important history and burials at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Documents Courtesy of the Holiday Zone and the Government of Virginia

Smithsonian Worksheets

National Museum of American History Quiz
This lighthearted quiz highlights offbeat objects that can be found in the National Museum of American History.

Hope Diamond Fact Sheet
With this fact sheet, groups going to the National Museum of American History can discover the history and legends behind one of the museum’s most famous objects: the Hope Diamond.

Solar System Fact Sheet
Visiting the National Museum of Air and Space? Prepare kids with a solar system quiz and information on the science and history of telescopes.

Field Trip Worksheet
Meant to be filled out while visiting any of the Smithsonian Museums, this worksheet asks students about exhibitions, objects and history. Imaginative questions use drawing and word association encourage creativity.

Documents Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

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Topics: Washington, D.C., Classroom Resources

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