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.

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gladys bentley

Video

grades 10–12

Glorioius Gladys Bentley

Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.

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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computer drawing of Rosa Parks

Video

grades 9–12

The Hidden Life of Rosa Parks

Watch a short video about civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Then answer some comprehension questions or explore additional resources for extended learning.

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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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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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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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baby and elder holding hands

Activity

grades 9–12

Record Your Family's History

Engage your inner historian and tell your family's story—there's never been a better time. Use this guide for tips and inspiration, then get recording!

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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 10–12

Transcribe Real Historical Documents

Contribute to actual historical research and preservation at the Boston Public Library by transcribing the manuscripts of anti-slavery activists.

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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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facial recognition

Article/Ebook

grades 10–12

Facing Facial Recognition

Explore this interactive article on facial recognition. Do you know of any tech like this used in your home or community? Is it worth it?

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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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helping the environment and climate change

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Check out this teen's interview with an expert about climate change and learn what young people can actually do about it.

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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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representation through music

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

Representation Through Music

Scroll through and listen to this wide mix of Latinx musical artists and interviews about their motivations.

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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.

Audio

grades 9–12

The Aztecs: A Clash of Worlds

Listen to this podcast to learn about the rise, fall, and legacy of Aztec civilization, a Mesoamerican culture in the 14th through 16th centuries.

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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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latinx writers

Audio

grades 10–12

Listen to Latinx Writers

Choose from the famous writers and listen to them reading their own work in Spanish. If any capture your attention, find their work and read some more!

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podcast video title screen

Audio

grades 9–12

The History of Levi's Jeans

Ever wonder how denim became so popular? Listen to this history podcast on Levi's, arguably the most popular brand.

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Ancient artifact

Audio

grades 9–12

Fall of Civilizations

Immerse yourself in ancient history with this podcast that explores the rise and fall of past civilizations.

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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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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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cultural crosswords

Interactive

grades 10–12

Cultural Crosswords

For serious art, culture, and history buffs, challenge your knowledge with these crossword puzzles.

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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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road of route 66

Interactive

grades 9–12

United States of Culture

From the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde to the Statue of Liberty, explore the culture and history of the U.S.

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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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pictures of different places around the world

Interactive

grades 9–12

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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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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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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Dolores Huerta

Lesson

grades 9–12

Dolores Huerta: Civil Rights Champion

Watch this series of videos exploring the activism and life of Dolores Huerta. Use the discussion guide to structure your thinking.

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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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cartoon drawing of a person

Lesson

grades 10–12

A Matter of Fact

Explore the drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola. Use the questions throughout to examine Ojih Odutola's artistic techniques and her exploration of wealth and Blackness.

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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 line of 49ers players standing up

Lesson

grades 10–12

Black Athletes and Protest

Watch this video about Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics. Then use the discussion questions and worksheet to consider the role of protest in sports today.

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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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african american woman with a decorative headpiece

Lesson

grades 10–12

Black Is Beautiful

Analyze and discuss the influential photography of Kwame Brathwaite with a friend, family member, or teacher. Use the guiding questions to get things going.

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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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Black-and-white drawing

Lesson

grades 9–12

Persuasive Political Cartoons

Practice analyzing political cartoons and the persuasive techniques used by artists with this interactive activity from the Library of Congress. (Flash required.)

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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.

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gladys bentley

Video

grades 10–12

Glorioius Gladys Bentley

Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.

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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computer drawing of Rosa Parks

Video

grades 9–12

The Hidden Life of Rosa Parks

Watch a short video about civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Then answer some comprehension questions or explore additional resources for extended learning.

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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.

Video

grades 9–12

Hearing the Unheard

Watch this famous exchange between Martin Luther King Jr. and Mike Wallace. What does Dr. King mean by "riots are the language of the unheard"?

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Website/App

grades 10–12

Young Voter's Guide

Cut through the election season hype and find the information you need with these news and media literacy resources.

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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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power of poetry

Website/App

grades 9–12

Power of Poetry

Read or listen to the poem, and then notice the spacing between words and lines. What is this poem about? Why do you think it's written in this way?

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historic places

Website/App

grades 10–12

Pick Some Historic Places

Choose two or three places from the list (maybe there's one near you!) and do some research to find out more. Then, teach your family about them.

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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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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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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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complete the crossword

Worksheet

grades 9–12

Complete the Crossword

Print this crossword puzzle to test your knowledge about famous Latinx people. Check your answers with page two!