Resources for Grades 3–5

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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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eliminating single-use plastics

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grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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why we say ok

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grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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evolution of the book

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

Video

grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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woman who did the moon math

Video

grades 2–5

The Woman Who Did the Moon Math

Find out about Katherine Johnson, one of the mathematicians whose calculations got us to the moon and back.

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the woman who made the first step

Video

grades 5–12

The Woman Who Made the First Step

As the first Black, female congressperson and a champion for civil rights, Shirley Chisholm broke barriers so others could follow in her footsteps.

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hazel scott

Audio

grades 3–5

Hazel Scott

Learn about this incredible pianist who risked everything to be an upstander.

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edmonia wildfire lewis

Audio

grades 3–5

Edmonia Wildfire Lewis

Meet a sculptor who overcame great challenges and injustice to continue to create.

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QUEEN NANNY

Audio

grades 3–5

Queen Nanny

Listen to the true story of Queen Nanny, who helped people who had been enslaved stay free.

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wangari maathai

Audio

grades 3–5

Wangari Maathai, an Activist's Life

Enjoy this inspiring exploration of Wangari Maathai's life. Her environmental and political activism resulted in a Nobel Prize, the first for an African woman.

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madam c j walker

Audio

grades 3–5

The Beautiful Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

Check out this podcast explaining how Madam C.J. Walker overcame impossible odds to build a beauty business that spread across the U.S.

Activity

grades K–5

Community Cleanup

Get a bucket or bags and some gloves. Pick a spot in your community to clean up. Do a sweep for garbage and recyclables (with an adult, for safety).

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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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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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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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Article/Ebook

grades 3–4

Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Read about the important figure who served on the United States Supreme Court.

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Article/Ebook

grades 5–7

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Learn about the historic figure who served on the United States Supreme Court and championed women's rights.

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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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lucky lions

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

Lucky Lions

Hear from two teen Lion Dancers and learn why this traditional Chinese performance for Lunar New Year is important to them.

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matthew henson

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Matthew Henson: Arctic Explorer

Discover the trailblazing accomplishments of Matthew Henson, who broke boundaries both as an arctic explorer and African American.

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

Remembering the March

Read about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 and Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Wilma Rudolph

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Essential Black History Texts

Browse, select, and read from this great collection of nonfiction and fiction texts written by Black writers, artists, and activists.

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thanksgiving beyond the feast

Article/Ebook

grades 5–8

Thanksgiving, Beyond the Feast

Read this history of Thanksgiving that goes beyond the feast and includes some perspective from the Indigenous people affected by the settlers.

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a winning team

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

A Winning Team

Meet the president-elect, Joe Biden, and vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, and learn more about their lives.

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and the winner is

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

And the Winner Is …

Find out who declares the winner of an election, and how they can declare a winner before all the votes are counted.

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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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hazel scott

Audio

grades 3–5

Hazel Scott

Learn about this incredible pianist who risked everything to be an upstander.

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edmonia wildfire lewis

Audio

grades 3–5

Edmonia Wildfire Lewis

Meet a sculptor who overcame great challenges and injustice to continue to create.

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QUEEN NANNY

Audio

grades 3–5

Queen Nanny

Listen to the true story of Queen Nanny, who helped people who had been enslaved stay free.

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wangari maathai

Audio

grades 3–5

Wangari Maathai, an Activist's Life

Enjoy this inspiring exploration of Wangari Maathai's life. Her environmental and political activism resulted in a Nobel Prize, the first for an African woman.

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madam c j walker

Audio

grades 3–5

The Beautiful Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

Check out this podcast explaining how Madam C.J. Walker overcame impossible odds to build a beauty business that spread across the U.S.

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celia cruz

Audio

grades 3–5

Queen Celia Cruz

Journey into the world of Latin American music and learn about the life of Celia Cruz, the Cuban-born singer known as the Queen of Salsa.

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Elizabeth Cotten

Audio

grades 3–5

Elizabeth Cotten's Influential Folk Songs

Listen to this podcast about Elizabeth Cotten whose catchy blues and folk songs traveled all over the world and even influenced The Beatles.

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Mae Jemison narrated by Emily Calandrelli

Audio

grades 3–5

Mae Jemison

Find out about the first Black woman to go into space and the extraordinary life she leads to this day.

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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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globetrotters

Audio

grades 3–5

Globetrotters and World Changers

Take in two fascinating tales of African American bravery. The first focuses on the Harem Globetrotters, the second on politician and soldier Robert Smalls.

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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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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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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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The earth glowing

Interactive

grades 4–12

GeoGuessr

Motivate students to learn about the world's regions, ecosystems, and inhabitants with this addictive puzzler.

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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.

Interactive

grades 3–6

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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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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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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picture of August Savage

Lesson

grades 3–5

Augusta Savage: Harlem Renaissance Artist

Delve into 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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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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eliminating single-use plastics

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Video

grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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why we say ok

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Video

grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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evolution of the book

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Video

grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

Video

grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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woman who did the moon math

Video

grades 2–5

The Woman Who Did the Moon Math

Find out about Katherine Johnson, one of the mathematicians whose calculations got us to the moon and back.

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the woman who made the first step

Video

grades 5–12

The Woman Who Made the First Step

As the first Black, female congressperson and a champion for civil rights, Shirley Chisholm broke barriers so others could follow in her footsteps.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

The Pulitzer Playwright

Find out how Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for writing dramatic plays.

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grades 5–12

San Francisco's Kei Lun Lion Dancers

Learn what it takes to be a lion dancer. Through martial arts, dance training, and the storytelling tradition, an ancient practice is kept alive.

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all about lunar new year

Video

grades K–5

All About Lunar New Year

Learn about the origin and traditions of this holiday, celebrated by more than a billion people around the world.

Video

grades 3–12

Harlem Hellfighters

Watch this video documenting the heroic achievements of the 369th Infantry Regiment, an all-Black unit that fought for the U.S. during WWI and WWII.

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a new republic

Video

grades 3–12

A New Republic

Discover how artist Kehinde WIley redefines traditional portraits with his paintings of Black men and women. What do his paintings communicate? What questions do they raise?

Video

grades 2–5

Kids Talk About Black History

Listen as these kids share what they know about Black history. What's something new that you learned, and what do you want to know more about?

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The History Makers: Anniversary 2020. 20 Days, 20 Nights Virtual Celebration & Convening 12.1-12.20 2020

Website/App

grades 3–12

African American Oral Histories

Get lost in this gold mine of in-depth and highly accessible video interviews and biographies of notable African American people.

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hispanic heritage month

Website/App

grades K–12

Latinx Resources

Use this curated collection to commemorate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx Americans.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

National Geographic Education

Find high-quality, standards-based resources relating to science, geography, world history, engineering, cartography, current events, and more.

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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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people in the asian art museum

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Asian Art Museum

Take an in-depth look at Asia's influence on art and history with inventive lessons, activities, videos, and images.

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TIME for Kids magazine cover

Website/App

grades 5–6

TIME for Kids

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

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cartoon girl

Website/App

grades K–3

BrainPOP Jr.

Make learning fun for young students with engaging videos, activities, games, printables, and more on a variety of subjects.

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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?

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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.