In Course D for 3rd-5th grade students, I have an entire section on U.S. Presidents. By the end of the lessons, students will be able to name all of the presidents in order and provide a brief description of their accomplishments.
However, today’s blog post is for everyone! I'm going to give a little refresher on what the qualifications are to become president. These are all questions that elementary kids will know the answers to so I'm sure you won't have any trouble either. :)
What age must you be to in order to serve as the president? (At least 35 years old.).
Do you know who the youngest elected president was? (John F. Kennedy) and how old was he when he took office? (43).
There are also some pretty great benefits that presidents receive:
For example, the president travels for free, whether it’s in a limo, a Marine One helicopter, or flying on Air Force One. That is just “plain” awesome!
The president also gets secret service protection while they are in office and for 14 years after they leave.
Obviously they are living for free in the White House, but did you know that at the end of each month, the president gets a bill for his and his family’s personal meals and toiletries? It gets deducted from his annual salary.
What is the current annual salary for a U.S. president? ($400,000 a year while they are the president and then afterwards, they receive a pension of just over $200,000 a year, plus free postage for life.)
Which presidents were also Founding Fathers?
Who are our wartime presidents?
George Washington (Revolutionary War)
James Madison (War of 1812)
James K. Polk (Mexican-American War)
Abraham Lincoln (Civil War)
William McKinley (Spanish-American War)
Woodrow Wilson (World War I)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (World War II)
Harry S. Truman (World War II, Korean War)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (Korean War, Vietnam War)
John F. Kennedy (Vietnam War)
Lyndon B. Johnson (Vietnam War)
Richard Nixon (Vietnam War)
George H.W. Bush (Persian Gulf War)
George W. Bush (Second Persian Gulf War)
Barack Obama (Second Persian Gulf War)
Which presidents were former Secretaries of State?
John Quincy Adams
Martin Van Buren
Which presidents were born in log cabins?
Ulysses S. Grant
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
P.S. Were you looking for the answers to the email trivia questions?
- The only president who never married was James Buchanan.
- Whose grandfather had also been president? Benjamin Harrison.
- Who was the heaviest of all our presidents, at over 300 pounds? William Howard Taft
- Who was the shortest and lightest president at 5'4", 100 pounds? James Madison
- Who is the only president to have been divorced? Ronald Reagan