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Presidents of the United States
A House with Growing Pains - The Story of the White House, Part 2

Presidents of the United States
Presidents of the United States


A House with Growing Pains - The Story of the White House, Part 2
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.5

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    badger, macaw, mantels, leadership, provides, newly, collapse, easily, crashing, beginning, fell, onto, second, underneath, stayed, nearly
     content words:    James Monroe, White House, Theodore Roosevelt, West Wing, President Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman


A House with Growing Pains - The Story of the White House, Part 2
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     In 1817, the president's house was finished for the second time. This new house was made to look just like the first one. James Monroe, the fifth president, moved in.
 
2     By this time, the home was known as the "White House." The name came from the whitewash painted on the stone walls. The whitewash mixture kept the stone from crumbling. The White House stayed pretty much the same for many years.
 
3     Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901. The Roosevelts had six children and many pets. They had cats, dogs, and snakes. There was a badger and a raccoon. They even had a pony and a macaw bird. The second floor was a lively place!
 
4     The president decided the family floor was too lively for state business. A new place must be found for the president's office. Could rooms be added to the west side of the house? Flowers and plants were grown there in big glass houses called greenhouses.
 
5     Roosevelt was determined. "Smash the glass houses!" he said. He had the West Wing built onto the White House. The president's office was moved there. Cabinet offices moved there as well.

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