Washington's Cherry Trees: A Gift from Japan
Helen Taft: First Ladies' Lives
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Two to three class periods
Nellie Taft was instrumental in securing the beautiful flowering cherry trees that encircle the Basin in Washington, D.C. They were a gift to the United States from Japan.
1. Tell students that they are responsible for the publicity for a tour of the Washington Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival! Their job is to create a brochure to be used as an advertisement for the tour. Working in groups, they are to design, illustrate, and write the copy that includes the following information (the teacher may add other requirements):
The History of Cherry Trees in Washington, DC
Cherry Blossom Festival
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.