Updated 2/27/11

In Podcast #53 the Trekkers take you to Washington DC to learn about some very famous Americans.  But first we stopped by to say hello to the fine fourth grade students at Hybla Valley Elementary School.  Then we headed to Washington DC to visit some famous sites and monuments. Explore the Lincoln Memorial and hear part of his Emancipation Proclamation; see Ford’s Theater where he was shot and the house across the street where he died; discover the newest monument in Washington DC, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and hear part of his famous speech; learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt, her husband, and even her dog at the FDR Memorial,   Come on, let’s go trekkin’!

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s dog, Fala, is the only presidential pet who is part of a Washington D.C. memorial. He was actually quite famous in his day and was featured in magazines, newspapers, and even a short film.  Fala was a Scottish Terrier  who was given to the Roosevelts in 1940 and remained their constant companion during their years in the White House (1940-1945).  President Roosevelt mentioned him in his famous “Fala Speech” that helped him win the reelection in 1944.  You can see the speech and some video footage of Fala on YouTube.   Another president that owned a Scottish Terrier was George W. Bush.  He actually had two, Barney and Miss Beazley.

SOL Correlation:

K.1b The student will recognize that history describes events and people of other times and places by identifying the people and events honored by the holidays of Thanksgiving Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and Independence Day (Fourth of July).


1.2 The student will describe the stories of American leaders and their contributions to our country, with emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, and Eleanor Roosevelt.


1.4d The student will develop map skills by locating Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, and Richmond, the capital of Virginia, on a United States map.


2.11 The student will identify George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. as Americans whose contributions improved the lives of other Americans.


3.11b identifying the contributions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and César Chávez;


VS.9c The student will demonstrate knowledge of twentieth- and twenty-first century Virginia by identifying the social and political events in Virginia linked to desegregation and Massive Resistance and their relationship to national history.

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