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

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Incredible Inventors

Check out this entire alphabet of amazing Black inventors. Then dream up your own invention and draw or write about it!

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Preschool–grade 1

Amazing Africa

Let this mother-daughter team teach you some facts about Africa in a video that's sure to make you smile.

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Preschool–grade 1

Pretending to Be Pilots

Fly up and away as you find out about the first Black pilots. What would it be like to build and fly your own plane?

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Preschool–grade 1

Buggies, Buses, and Cars!

Sing along to this familiar tune and learn about the Patterson family's amazing inventions that help us get from here to there.

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Preschool–grade 1

Stop, Slow Down, Go!

Watch this video to learn about the inventor of the modern traffic light, and find out what else he created.

Video

grades K–2

Martin Luther King's Story

Watch Kid President tell the story of MLK in his signature funny and heartwarming style.

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mlk in images

Article/Ebook

grades K–2

Martin Luther King Jr. in Images

Share this short, image-based article about MLK with young kids.

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Lesson

Preschool–grade K

Neighborhood Helpers

Use critical thinking skills to learn some ways people come together as a community of helpers.

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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.

Video

grades K–2

Celebrating the Winter Holidays

Watch this lovely Christmas story about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Diwali. Compare how these celebrations are similar and different.

Video

grades K–5

Niagara Falls

Explore Niagara Falls and learn more about this natural wonder on the border of the U.S. and Canada.

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petroglyph

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Puerto Rican Petroglyphs

Share the history behind this ancient art and then create some of your own. Using rocks, paper, tiles, or cardboard, try to copy some of the petroglyphs.

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mexican cuff bracelet

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Make a Mexican Cuff Bracelet

Make a repujado bracelet with some simple materials. Make some for family members, too.

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crumb clay

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Ecuadorian Crumb Clay

With bread crumbs and glue, make some small sculptures. Air-dry or bake, and then paint to finish your creation.

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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.

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Activity

Preschool–grade K

Boo-Boos and Band-Aid History

Learn about Earle Dickson, the inventor of Band Aids. Then, make some your own to help your stuffed animals or dolls.

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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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mlk in images

Article/Ebook

grades K–2

Martin Luther King Jr. in Images

Share this short, image-based article about MLK with young kids.

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Animated girl and pig from website link

Article/Ebook

grades K–2

An Election!

Follow this read-along about an election between a little girl and a pig. Consider the importance of choosing a candidate and learn a little math.

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Arthur addressing a letter to his friend Adil in Istanbul

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Learning Cultures, Challenging Assumptions

Join Arthur as he learns about his pen pal from another country. What assumptions does Arthur have about his pen pal, and how does he challenge them?

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logos of different history resources

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best History Websites and Resources

Make the past and present relevant and accessible to students with research resources, expertly curated museum and archival collections, lesson plans, and more.

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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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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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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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Preschool–grade K

Neighborhood Helpers

Use critical thinking skills to learn some ways people come together as a community of helpers.

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sample prompt from worksheet

Lesson

grades K–2

Urban and Rural Communities

Work through this lesson exploring the differences and similarities between rural and urban (and suburban) communities.

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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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grades K–2

Molly of Denali: Grandpa's Drum

Explore Alaska Native history and culture using the 11-minute story "Grandpa's Drum" in this episode from Molly of Denali.

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Lesson

grades K–2

American History

This Knowledge Journey through American history teaches kids about Colonial America, how the United States became a nation, and the War of 1812.

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Lesson

Preschool–grade 1

Exploring Maps and Models of the Earth

Compare miniature models to real things. Then explore maps and globes as miniature versions of places and Earth.

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Incredible Inventors

Check out this entire alphabet of amazing Black inventors. Then dream up your own invention and draw or write about it!

Video

Preschool–grade 1

Amazing Africa

Let this mother-daughter team teach you some facts about Africa in a video that's sure to make you smile.

Video

Preschool–grade 1

Pretending to Be Pilots

Fly up and away as you find out about the first Black pilots. What would it be like to build and fly your own plane?

Video

Preschool–grade 1

Buggies, Buses, and Cars!

Sing along to this familiar tune and learn about the Patterson family's amazing inventions that help us get from here to there.

Video

Preschool–grade 1

Stop, Slow Down, Go!

Watch this video to learn about the inventor of the modern traffic light, and find out what else he created.

Video

grades K–2

Martin Luther King's Story

Watch Kid President tell the story of MLK in his signature funny and heartwarming style.

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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.

Video

grades K–2

Celebrating the Winter Holidays

Watch this lovely Christmas story about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Diwali. Compare how these celebrations are similar and different.

Video

grades K–5

Niagara Falls

Explore Niagara Falls and learn more about this natural wonder on the border of the U.S. and Canada.

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The Origins of Día de los Muertos

Video

grades K–4

The Origins of Día de los Muertos

Discover how ancient Mexican traditions persisted and became a three-day event that honors those who have died and celebrates the cycle of life.

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making alaska native ice cream

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Making Alaska Native Ice Cream

Watch this episode of Molly of Denali to learn about Alaska Native culture and how to make nivagi. How many ingredients does it have? What are they?

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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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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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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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history of the telephone

Worksheet

grades K–2

The History of the Telephone

Look at the pictures and read about the invention and evolution of the telephone. Find out what the first phone looked like!

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Quinceañeras

Worksheet

Preschool–grade K

Quinceañeras

Read together about this coming-of-age celebration, and then draw and color a special cake for the event!

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dress the doll

Worksheet

grades K–2

Dress the Doll

Color the doll's clothes, cut them out, and then dress her up! Based on the clues, which country is she from?

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latinx coloring sheets

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 2

Latinx Legends Coloring Sheets

Print these coloring pages of famous Latinx people, and then talk about their impact on science, sports, government, and more!