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Presidential Pets

Holy cow! Did President George W. Bush really have a longhorn named Ofelia as a pet? Students learn about wacky White House pets in this fun research activity that includes “president interviews” and a pet choice writing page.
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Learning Objectives

Students will choose and describe presidential pets using an interview and write strategy.


(5 minutes)
Presidential Pets
  • Write and underline "Presidential Pets" on the board.
  • Ask students to think about what kind of pets a president might have. List the responses under the title.
  • If no one mentions elephants, ask the class if this would be an animal to list.
  • Explain that elephants were given to President Buchanan, our 15th president!
  • Add that we will learn more about wacky pets as we conduct White House pet research online.

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