Discover a variety of social studies experiences all in one place. Find free history games, apps, videos, and activities to do at home.

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world's tallest building

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

World's Tallest Building

Find out about the architecture, materials, and process used to create the world's tallest building. Then explore the math problems and social justice activities.

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stone kites

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Stone Kites?

Learn about these mysterious stone structures in the western desert of Saudi Arabia. Then, try out some of the math questions.

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goats that climb

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Goats That Climb

Find out how and why goats climb, and then choose one or more of the math questions to try. Check out the extra resources, too.

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move to the beat

Article/Ebook

grade 5

Move to the Beat

Read about master musician Jordan Messan Benissan from Togo, and learn about the importance of music in this West African country.

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reindeer racing

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Reindeer Racing!

Read about the Sami people and how reindeer factor into their lives. Then choose some of the math problems, extensions, or worksheets to try.

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brew up some math

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Brew Up Some Math

Travel to Argentina to learn about the the cultural importance of yerba mate then do the math problems about this brewed beverage.

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america beyond thanksgiving

Video

grades 3–12

1620: America Beyond Thanksgiving — Who Sailed on the Mayflower

Then men and women aboard the Mayflower were very different from one another, but they managed to bond together through immense challenges to form Plymouth Colony

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two different worlds

Video

grades 3–12

1620: Two Different Worlds: Women in 1620

Find out about one of many of the significant differences between the Wampanoag Nation and within the pilgrims of the Mayflower expedition: the roles of women.

Video

grades K–5

Music of the Mountains

Enjoy some traditional music, including Peruvian pan flutes. Why are they different sizes? How does that affect the sound?

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samoset, massasoit, and squanto

Video

grades 3–12

1620: Who Were Samoset, Massasoit, and Squanto?

Discover the key roles that three indigenous men played when the Mayflower first landed in Wampanoag Nation territory (now Massachusetts).

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america before the pilgrims

Video

grades 3–12

1620: America Before the Pilgrims

Learn about the people of the Wampanoag Nation, whose territory the pilgrims happened upon in 1620.

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what came first

Interactive

grades 3–8

What Came First

Try out these art-based brainteasers. Choose between two images and decide which came first.

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Man holding a guitar who's part of a mariachi band

Activity

grades 1–5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Read about the history behind Cinco de Mayo and try some of the activities, crafts, and recipes to celebrate.

Activity

grades 3–5

Take the U.S. Census Challenge

Test your census smarts by watching this video and seeing how many quiz questions you can get right.

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Activity

grades 3–7

Cooking Up Culture

Choose from a variety of recipes from around the world. Then explore some tasty traditions from different cultures.

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Activity

grades 1–3

Create and Send a Colonial-era Letter

Learn how to create, seal, and fold a letter like the colonists from the American Revolutionary era did.

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world's tallest building

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

World's Tallest Building

Find out about the architecture, materials, and process used to create the world's tallest building. Then explore the math problems and social justice activities.

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stone kites

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Stone Kites?

Learn about these mysterious stone structures in the western desert of Saudi Arabia. Then, try out some of the math questions.

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goats that climb

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Goats That Climb

Find out how and why goats climb, and then choose one or more of the math questions to try. Check out the extra resources, too.

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move to the beat

Article/Ebook

grade 5

Move to the Beat

Read about master musician Jordan Messan Benissan from Togo, and learn about the importance of music in this West African country.

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reindeer racing

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Reindeer Racing!

Read about the Sami people and how reindeer factor into their lives. Then choose some of the math problems, extensions, or worksheets to try.

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brew up some math

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Brew Up Some Math

Travel to Argentina to learn about the the cultural importance of yerba mate then do the math problems about this brewed beverage.

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tikal, guatemala

Article/Ebook

grades 5–12

Tikal, Guatemala

Visit this ancient city -- now a World Heritage site -- and learn about the Mayan people who once lived there.

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black and white photo of nurses

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

History of Pandemics

Place the coronavirus pandemic in context by reading about previous pandemics that sickened people around the globe.

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–4

Social Media Debate

Is social media good for society? Read these kids' thoughts, and then write down your thoughts or discuss with friends or family.

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dog bone with gift wrap

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

All the Presidents' Pets

Read about some of the most popular, and strangest, pets that have lived in the White House.

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

Explore Europe

Find one fun fact from the text and share it with a caregiver, friend, or sibling!

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–4

Kid Heroes for the Planet

Read about five Kid Heroes for the Planet. Think about ways they can inspire you to take action, too!

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cartoon drawing of Sacagawea

Audio

grades 1–6

Who Was Sacagawea?

Listen to this audiobook to learn about an amazing teenager who made some of the exploration of North America possible.

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radiolab for kids podcast

Audio

grades 1–6

Radiolab for Kids

Get your mind swirling with these fascinating podcast episodes that ask wacky questions and find fascinating answers.

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code switch episodes

Audio

grades 3–8

Code Switch Episodes for Kids

Check out these episodes of NPR's Code Switch podcast. Each show will help you consider important social justice issues and think critically about current events.

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Audio

grades 3–5

History Podcasts for Kids

Inspire your inner historian! This podcast series proves that history can be amazing, inspiring, and relevant to anyone.

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travel around the world with your ears

Audio

Preschool–grade 3

Travel Around the World—With Your Ears

All you need to do is listen to learn about lots of different countries and cultures.

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listen and learning with father and son

Audio

grades 1–5

Listen and Learn with Father and Son

Kick back, relax, and listen to this charming podcast that explores a wide range of historical topics, from silly to serious.

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two cartoon girls telling stories

Audio

grades 3–8

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Listen to this heartbreaking story about the struggles of two sisters from the Philippines who move to Louisiana. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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people and a dog hiking

Audio

grades 3–6

Hello, Universe

Listen to this charming tale involving four kids, Filipino folk tales, and bravery. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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a drawing of a woman sitting

Audio

grades 4–8

The Thing About Luck

Listen to the sweet tale of a migrant worker girl who must face big responsibilities. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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two people in a row boat

Audio

grades 3–6

Listen, Slowly

Put on this audiobook about a girl's trip to Vietnam, where she learns about her family's past. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

grades 3–12

Rad American Women A-Z

Learn about these amazing women who defied expectations across the centuries. Great for the whole family.

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what came first

Interactive

grades 3–8

What Came First

Try out these art-based brainteasers. Choose between two images and decide which came first.

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pictures of different places around the world

Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Explore a Country Through Art and History

Choose a country, read about it, and then explore the art and images that help define it. (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity.)

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Front of the White House

Interactive

grades 3–8

Visit the White House

Take a virtual tour of the living quarters and workspace of the president of the United States.

offline illustration map

Interactive

grades 3–8

Geography

Name a place in the world. The next person has to think of a place that starts with the last letter of the place.

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Interactive

grades 1–4

Sports of the World

Test your knowledge and take this quiz about different sports played around the world.

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Interactive

grades 5–12

Win the White House

Start your own presidential campaign and learn the ins, outs, and quirks of electoral politics in the United States.

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Interactive

grades 4–7

Carmen Sandiego

Use this classroom resource at home to find Carmen Sandiego and learn about latitude and longitude. Younger kids might need help getting started.

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Interactive

grades 5–8

Cast Your Vote

Learn about the importance of researching candidates, how to do it, and how to match a candidate's positions and values with your own.

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unsung history makers

Lesson

grades 5–9

The Unsung History Makers: Maria Moreno

Go on a research quest to discover the story behind the influential labor rights activist Maria Moreno.

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Picture of Roberto Clemente

Lesson

grades 5–8

The Story of Roberto Clemente

Learn how Latinx baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente changed minds during the civil rights movement. Use the included student guide for supplemental activities.

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picture of August Savage

Lesson

grades 3–5

Augusta Savage: Harlem Renaissance Artist

Learn about the extraordinary life, achievements, and art of sculptor and gallerist Augusta Savage, who was a key part of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Lesson

grades K–5

Who Invented Pizza?

Enjoy this quick investigation into one of the world's most popular foods. Then, vote for another upcoming question, or submit your own!

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america beyond thanksgiving

Video

grades 3–12

1620: America Beyond Thanksgiving — Who Sailed on the Mayflower

Then men and women aboard the Mayflower were very different from one another, but they managed to bond together through immense challenges to form Plymouth Colony

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two different worlds

Video

grades 3–12

1620: Two Different Worlds: Women in 1620

Find out about one of many of the significant differences between the Wampanoag Nation and within the pilgrims of the Mayflower expedition: the roles of women.

Video

grades K–5

Music of the Mountains

Enjoy some traditional music, including Peruvian pan flutes. Why are they different sizes? How does that affect the sound?

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samoset, massasoit, and squanto

Video

grades 3–12

1620: Who Were Samoset, Massasoit, and Squanto?

Discover the key roles that three indigenous men played when the Mayflower first landed in Wampanoag Nation territory (now Massachusetts).

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america before the pilgrims

Video

grades 3–12

1620: America Before the Pilgrims

Learn about the people of the Wampanoag Nation, whose territory the pilgrims happened upon in 1620.

Video

grades 3–12

The Immortal White Snake

Learn about Bai Su Zhen, the mythic immortal white snake, and her husband Xu Xian. Can you name one key theme the myth represents?

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hip hop fundamentals

Video

grades 3–8

Hip-Hop Fundamentals

For aspiring rappers: Learn about the three essential qualities of the art form of hip-hop.

Video

grades 3–6

Stories Behind the Stars

Discover the family stories and cultural traditions behind some of Disney's stars.

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online news

Video

grades 4–6

Reading News Online

What are the different parts of a news article or website? Learn how to identify them and make sure you're consuming more trustworthy info.

Video

grades 3–12

The Myth of Arachne

Listen to the Greek myth about the world's first spider. What do you think is the meaning -- or metaphor -- behind this myth?

Video

grades 3–8

Journalism 101

Get a crash course in journalism from Hilde Lysiak, the youngest member of the Society of Professional Journalists, who started reporting on local news before she turned 10.

Video

grades 3–5

Five Kids, Five Languages

Check out this video of kids sharing their languages with each other. Then, talk to people you know about the languages they speak.

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crowdsourced collection

Website/App

grades 5–12

Cool Crowdsourced Collection

Journey through these videos and photos to get a sense of the people, places, and nature around the world. Then submit your own content!

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a person with face paint

Website/App

grades 3–8

Bite-Sized Inspiration

Browse the videos on this site to discover fascinating stories about history and culture representing perspectives from all around the world.

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kids from around the world

Website/App

grades 1–4

Kids from Around the World

Learn from kids around the world about their homes, habits, and cultures. What differences and similarities do you notice among the kids and their cultures?

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TIME for Kids magazine cover

Website/App

grades K–5

TIME for Kids

Read these kid-friendly articles about current events, cool science facts, and more.

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aspirations of sonia sotomayor

Worksheet

grades 3–5

Sonia Sotomayor

Read about this sitting Supreme Court Justice's early life and journey to the highest court in the land.

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ancient art

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Ancient Art

Color the Incan textile pattern and then try to create your own version. What patterns do you see? What shapes will you include?