This collection of K-12 activities offers historical information, interactives, printables, and videos to highlight this national event that symbolizes the peaceful transition of power in our country.
Activities & Resources
- Congress for Kids: Elections: The Inauguration
A brief description of the inaugural ceremony and quiz for primary students.
- Presidential Inaugurations: I Do Solemnly Swear
Students in grades 3-5 discover how the Presidential Inauguration has changed over time and presents historical figures with archival materials.
- Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present
This interactive presents the most-used words in each inaugural address. Highlighted words were used significantly more than average. Each entry links to the complete text. (4-12).
- Inauguration Quiz
Test your knowledge of past presidential inaugurations with this 10-question online quiz. Grades 6-12.
- Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter’s Day
Includes brief discussions of five presidential inaugurations with links to related articles and activities, the text of the oath of office, and links to featured websites. Grades K-12.
- “I Do Solemnly Swear…”
A special online Library of Congress presentation with more than forty photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches representing eighteen presidents. Grades K-12.
- “I Do Solemnly Swear…” Presidential Inaugurations
This collection of 400 items at the Library of Congress includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. These items are related to inaugurations from George Washington’s first in 1789 to Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Grades K-12.
- Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
Find complete text of all 56 presidential addresses from all 44 Presidents. Grades 9-12.
- Historical Inauguration Speeches – YouTube
Watch videos of ten speeches from 1933 (FDR) to 2001 (G.W. Bush). Grades 9-12.
- Inauguration Day Worksheets
Eight activities: word search, missing letters, acrostic, word scramble, coloring page, connect the dots, color by numbers, writing prompt. Grades 3-8.