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Barbed Wire Baseball

This novel’s energetic prose and dynamic illustrations provide a good introduction to Japanese-American internment during WWII. We suggest related readings, primary source documents and a lesson plan to help you plan a unit of study.

Background Reading

Flag Day Resources

Seven recommended Web sites explore the history of the stars and stripes through images, songs, timelines, crafts and activities, lesson plans, interactive quizzes and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Spatulatta: Cooking 4 Kids Online

This award-winning web site introduces cooking with a focus on fresh food and minimum processing. Students are encouraged to eat well, to take pride in their accomplishments in the kitchen and to understand the connection between farm and dinner table.

Multimedia; Printable

HistoryWorld

HistoryWorld makes world history more easily accessible through interactive narratives and timelines. Offering some 10,000 searchable historical events, it’s an ideal supplement for middle school social studies.

Multimedia

Culturally-Situated Design Tools

Skateboards and buckeyballs in Math class? Students learn math and computing through object patterns from many cultures, while they reproduce original artifacts and create their own.

The Northwest Passage

A picture book based on the folk song "Northwest Passage" with dynamic illustrations provides a good introduction to the geography and history of the Northwest Passage. We recommend related resources to help you build lessons.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

BBC Interactives

Bring more than 7,000 years of world history to life in this media-rich resource package compiled by the BBC.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Printable

Odyssey Online

Take your students on a journey to explore Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and sub-Saharan African cultures! Grade 3-8 learners make discoveries through cool puzzles, games, and other learning activities.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

USGS Education Resources

Students gain an understanding of the Earth as it relates to the quality of their own lives through a prolific collection of resources, digital data and images in biology, geography, maps, geology, climate change, ecosystems, water, and many more areas

Multimedia; Printable

Find an Educator Resource

Offered by the Museum of Modern Art, these K-12 resources are designed to encourage and develop the study of the fine arts, and their application across the curriculum and into everyday life.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Printable

Women in the American Civil War

How and why did hundreds of women disguise themselves as men to fight in the Civil War? Students 3-12 get these answers and much more in our resources covering a little-known yet fascinating aspect of American history.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

Every Native Vote Counts: Lesson Plans

These lessons and activities will assist teachers in ensuring that all students understand the history, politics, and culture surrounding the unique importance of Native voting.

Background Reading; Themed Package

Every Native Vote Counts: Teachers Guide & Lesson Plans

Resources for educators, tribal youth staff, and tribal leaders teaching Native youth about the history and unique importance of Native vote and participating in elections.

Background Reading

Bugged: How Insects Changed History

A rare and well-researched look at the impact insects have had on world history. A little bit gross, and full of humor, puns, and funny section titles - the perfect science or history lesson supplement for even your most reluctant readers.

Lesson Plan

Remembering Armistice Day: “I Did My Bit for Democracy”

From first-hand perpectives on the World Wars to actual interviews with veterans of each, students learn the history of Veterans Day - before it was called Veterans Day.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Cultural Equity Research Center

Music marks eras and defines periods in history. Use these musical lessons and activities to supplement K-12 social studies curriculum and illustrate the importance of keeping communities connected to their creative heritage.

Lesson Plan

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades K-12 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

Teaching About the Selma to Mongomery Marches, Grades K-5

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades K-5 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

Social Studies In Action: Teaching Social Studies

Elementary teachers: connect your social studies students to the world beyond the classroom with these individual workshop sessions that explore social studies themes and strategies for teaching

Professional Development Course

Open Freer Sackler

Bring America's premiere collection of Asian art into your K-12 Art and/or Social Studies classroom! See how this resource makes it easy to explore the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler museums' art from anywhere in the world, whenever you like.

Multimedia

Under His Hat

Bring Abraham Lincoln's history to life in your K-12 classroom! Draw from more than 52,000 Lincoln-era artifacts organized around themes, hands-on activities, research topics, critical thinking questions, and references to additional resources.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Multiverse: Learning Resources

Connect science literacy across the K-12 curriculum with this remarkable set of resources designed to make science discovery accessible to all learners.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Sweat And Blood: A History of U.S. Labor Unions (and other labor history resources)

We've gathered these books and resources to help you cover the important contributions that unions have made to humanizing the American workplace in your K-12 Social Studies curriculum.

Article; Background Reading

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

A fascinating set of resources for 5-12 Science, Social Studies, and Health learners: the epidemic that turned doctors into detectives and how it changed our food supply.

Article; Background Reading; Printable

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (book)

The world's most iconic amusement park attraction was invented in defiance of gravity and against the odds! Now see how the ferris wheel offers fun learning opportunities for your K-12 students across the curriculum.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan