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 of lonnie holley

Video

grades 6–12

The World of Lonnie Holley

Experience the unique point of view and life of Lonnie Holley, whose arresting art and music make use of found materials.

Video

grades 6–10

The Hidden History of the Cowboys

Watch this video to uncover the buried Black roots of cowboy culture and learn how contemporary artists are assuming this legacy today.

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discover afrofuturism

Video

grades 7–12

Discover Afrofuturism

Learn about Afrofuturism, an influential and visionary form of science fiction and art that's been driven predominantly by Black creatives.

Video

grades 6–12

Compton Cowboys

Sit down with two of the Compton Cowboys and learn about how their community of riders reimagines life, culture, and kinship in South Los Angeles.

Video

grades 6–12

Botswana's Metalheads

Discover the vibrant -- and growing -- community of metal bands and fans in Botswana, Africa.

Video

grades 6–12

The Haitian Revolution

Delve into the extraordinary and inspiring history of the Haitian revolution, which saw enslaved people liberate themselves, overthrow colonial rule, and create their own country.

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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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MLK

Video

grades 8–12

MLK's Movement

Watch one of these videos focused on MLK's legacy and movement. How can you apply what you learned to the fight for justice today?

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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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respect for everyone

Video

grades 6–12

Respect for All

Watch this short documentary to learn about the activist and human rights leader Cesar Chavez.

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digital drawing of James Baldwin

Video

grades 8–12

James Baldwin's World

Learn about James Baldwin, the influential writer who was stalked by the FBI for championing civil rights and social justice.

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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.

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where would you live

Activity

grades 6–12

Where Would You Live?

Choose three cities to research, and use the Quick Facts website at the top to answer the questions. Which city is your "winner" and why?

Activity

grades 6–12

Family Fridge Quotables

Each week curate a collage of quotes—from family, friends, or famous people—on your fridge. You can use sticky notes or get creative with your own cutout shapes. Discuss why you chose them.

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Sample of picture from website

Activity

grades 8–12

What's Going On in This Picture?

Analyze a curious new photo each week (posted on Sundays). Post your guess in the comments. Check back on Thursdays to see the actual caption.

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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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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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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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message in a bottle

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Message in a Bottle

Read an article and watch a video about the impact of plastic bottles on the environment. Then explore some of the possible solutions.

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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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microbeads

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Microbeads: Huge Problem

Find out how people worked together to ban the use of a dangerous ingredient in cosmetics. Are there movements you want to help?

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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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amazing latinx women

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Amazing Latinx Women

Scroll through this beautiful presentation to read facts about 10 inspiring women. Which names did you already know? Which were new to you?

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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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Design icons

Audio

grades 6–12

99% Invisible

Learn how architecture and design shape our everyday world with the stories and history behind things we rarely think about.

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news for young listeners

Audio

grades 6–12

News Bites for Young Listeners

Stay up to date on current events with these short podcast episodes on topics that matter today.

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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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two cartoon girls telling stories

Audio

grades 5–9

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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Kodak photos

Audio

grades 6–12

Anne Frank

Take some time to listen to this stirring story of a young girl hiding from the Nazis during WWII. 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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a person walking under a sunset

Audio

grades 6–12

A Long Walk to Water

Dive into this gripping story of an 11-year-old boy in Sudan during the civil war, based on a true story. 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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Newsably website screenshot

Interactive

grades 6–12

News Feed Defenders

Understand the essential qualities of good journalism, how news goes viral, and common tactics employed in news to deceive or manipulate reads.

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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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versailles palace

Interactive

grades 6–12

Versailles: The Palace Is Yours

Read the stories and see the art, gardens, decor, and more of this extravagant French palace.

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Mount Vernon

Interactive

grades 6–12

Learn About Mount Vernon

Take a trip to George Washington's historic estate that served as his home with Martha Washington—and the home of hundreds of enslaved people.

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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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screenshot from website

Interactive

grades 6–12

Do I Have a Right?

Lead a constitutional law firm in this interactive online game. Help match clients with the correct lawyer, and learn about how our government works.

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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 6–12

Court Quest

Drive the "Justice Express" in this interactive game, and help citizens navigate our state and federal court systems.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Branches of Power

Control all three branches in this simulation as you learn all about law making at the local, state, and federal levels.

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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 6–9

Mapping Magellan

Follow Ferdinand Magellan's first-ever route around the world. What were you surprised to learn about the voyage?

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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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targeted political ads

Lesson

grades 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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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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successful people

Lesson

grades 6–10

Success Stories

Learn about the struggles and triumphs of three extraordinary Latinx Americans including an astronaut, an actor, and a Broadway star.

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different quilts

Lesson

grades 6–12

The Shape of Stories

Explore this exhibition focused on quilt-maker and artist Rosie Lee Tompkins, whose "put-togethers," as she puts it, experiment with color, shape, and texture.

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a painting of Eleanor Roosevelt

Lesson

grades 7–9

The Life and Times of Eleanor Roosevelt

Journey through three important eras of American history with one of its most influential women: Eleanor Roosevelt.

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timeline of mathematics

Lesson

grades 6–12

Math History

Discover the history of mathematics with this timeline. Read the stories behind the math and see how what we know today evolved over time.

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portrait of frederick douglass

Lesson

grades 6–12

Important Activist: Frederick Douglass

Visit this online exhibition to read about Frederick Douglass and see the actual documents he wrote.

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Lesson

grades 7–8

Census Changes

Predict how the racial makeup of the country will change in ten, and twenty, years by using the U.S. Census data from 2000 and 2010.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

Trade and the Black Death

Use an interactive map to complete this critical-thinking activity that investigates how trade routes affected the spread of the Black Death.

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broken news

Lesson

grades 8–12

Is Breaking News Broken?

Work through this lesson plan that'll help you consider how social media has affected breaking news as well as elections and voting.

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world of lonnie holley

Video

grades 6–12

The World of Lonnie Holley

Experience the unique point of view and life of Lonnie Holley, whose arresting art and music make use of found materials.

Video

grades 6–10

The Hidden History of the Cowboys

Watch this video to uncover the buried Black roots of cowboy culture and learn how contemporary artists are assuming this legacy today.

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discover afrofuturism

Video

grades 7–12

Discover Afrofuturism

Learn about Afrofuturism, an influential and visionary form of science fiction and art that's been driven predominantly by Black creatives.

Video

grades 6–12

Compton Cowboys

Sit down with two of the Compton Cowboys and learn about how their community of riders reimagines life, culture, and kinship in South Los Angeles.

Video

grades 6–12

Botswana's Metalheads

Discover the vibrant -- and growing -- community of metal bands and fans in Botswana, Africa.

Video

grades 6–12

The Haitian Revolution

Delve into the extraordinary and inspiring history of the Haitian revolution, which saw enslaved people liberate themselves, overthrow colonial rule, and create their own country.

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MLK

Video

grades 8–12

MLK's Movement

Watch one of these videos focused on MLK's legacy and movement. How can you apply what you learned to the fight for justice today?

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respect for everyone

Video

grades 6–12

Respect for All

Watch this short documentary to learn about the activist and human rights leader Cesar Chavez.

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digital drawing of James Baldwin

Video

grades 8–12

James Baldwin's World

Learn about James Baldwin, the influential writer who was stalked by the FBI for championing civil rights and social justice.

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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.

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los origenes de hanukkah o januka

Video

grades 2–6

Festival of Lights

Watch this short video to learn more about the origin and traditions of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.

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aprende mas sobre kwanzaa

Video

grades 2–6

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Learn more about this seven-day celebration of African American culture and heritage.

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wonders of mexico

Website/App

grades 6–12

Wonders of Mexico

Explore the influence of Mexican art and culture in this stunning collection of influential work from painters, architects, filmmakers, writers, and other artists.

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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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latinx, hispanic, and chicano geniuses

Website/App

grades 6–12

Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano Genius

Browse and read—or learn about—the work of Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano artists, activists, and more. (Note: Some texts require sign-in.)

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first-person perspective

Website/App

grades 8–12

Important First-Person Perspective

Use this app to better understand the experiences of a young refugee who fled to Malaysia from Myanmar. Note: Some disturbing content.

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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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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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Website/App

grades 6–12

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Find reference media and historical recordings in this extensive collection produced by public TV and radio stations.

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History-based illustration

Website/App

grades 6–12

Annenberg Classroom

Get high-quality, well-vetted, and well-organized teaching materials on the Constitution and related topics.

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dig into history

Worksheet

grades 6–12

Dig into History

Use this Google Doc to research a leader from the Mexican Revolution. Who were they, and what role did they play?

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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?