Curriculum Resources

Free Curriculum : History & Social Studies

BBC History

Explore articles, curriculum, interactive online historical objects, videos, and games focusing on topics such as The Kennedys, Ancient History, Archaeology, Recent History, World Wars, Botany and Historic Figures.

Chicago History Museum

Classroom resources include downloadable activities, curriculum and audio files. Lesson plan topics are Abraham Lincoln, Industry and Innovation, The Great Migration, Transportation, Economics and Culture, Political Activism, and The Civil War. 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614.

CNN Student News

Ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN.


A free online teaching guideline for social studies teacher with U.S. History, government, military, and a variety of 29 subjects. Focuses on middle and high school students. 400 North Capitol St., NW Suite 650, Washington, DC 20001. 1-800 523-7586.

Department of Labor

Get students informed with free guidelines on careers and salaries, history based curriculums on the department of labor and other educational resources.

Department of the Interior

Find resources for a variety of topics including science, math and history with learning packets, teaching and learning materials, data and maps. The website also features curriculum focused materials and links to each topic. 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240.

Digital History

Resources focus on United States history and include handouts, modules, lesson plans, guides, multimedia, active learning, and primary sources.

Focus Education WebSite

Focus provides information on oceanography, space sciences and nautical history. Office of Naval Research, One Liberty Center, 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203.

History Matters

The website offers puzzles, quizzes, guides to analyzing historical evidence, over 1,000 primary documents, and an annotated guide to over 850 websites for teaching U.S. history. Materials emphasize the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence. 703-993-9277.


An online based resource with subject focused lesson plans for teachers on Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Math and activities include crafts and projects, materials for scavenger hunts, and maps from historical time periods.

Local Learning

Local Learning Tools provide methods of folklorists and other cultural specialists that students can use to collect their own stories.

National Aviation Museum

The “History Education Program” offers an online Teacher Resource Guide based on aspects of America’s World War II “Home Front.” Curriculum includes: Importance of Letter Writing in World War II, Photograph Analysis, and Map Analysis. 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, Pensacola, FL 32508. 850-452-3604.

National Constitution Center

The website has civic learning resources, classroom resources on civics and American history, and traveling and national student programs. 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. 215-409-6600.

National Trust For Historic Preservations

Provides downloadable teaching materials including lesson plans and activity guides on topics such as how to study places, your hometown, teaching diversity, Civil War history, archaeology and public lands, cemeteries, and oral history. 800-315-NTHP.

National Women's History Museum

Provides downloadable activities, biographies, lesson plans, timelines, quizzes, podcasts, and history guides focusing on the history and achievement of women. 205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 254, Alexandria, VA 22304. 703-461-1920.

Nickelodeon: Nick News

Use Nick News with 40 free lesson plans and videos on a variety of topics including South Africa and Native American cultures. Hosted by Linda Ellerbee, this Peabody, Parents' Choice and NEA awards winning program encourages kids to look at the world around them and ask the important questions: Who, What, Where, When, and Why?

NY Times: The Learning Network

Educational resources based on the articles, photographs, videos, illustrations, podcasts and graphics published in The New York Times include lesson plans across curriculums, a blog for students 13 and older to comment on issues in the news, current event articles, a daily news quiz, word of the day, student crosswords, Times fill-in, and student challenges. 800-631-1222.

Peace Corps, Office of Domestic Programs

Resources focus on cross-cultural understanding in all subjects through lesson plans, volunteer stories, slide shows, videos, podcasts, language lessons, service-learning information, the Peace Corps Challenge game and e-newsletter. Other resources include information on global issues affecting Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Curriculum focus: The Arts, Foreign Language, Geography, Health, History, Language Arts, Math, Science, Service-Learning, Technology. 1111 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20526. 202-692-1441.

Primary Source

Online teacher-created curriculum units provide examples of how teachers are enhancing their own curricula with primary sources. In addition, three publications combine primary sources with lesson plans for teachers to incorporate into their classes to enhance learning of U.S. history and Chinese world history. 101 Walnut St., Watertown, MA 02472. 617-923-9933.

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

Standards-based online lesson plans, activities, audio, video and interactive resources for teaching and learning American history, designed and developed by the National Museum of American History.

Teaching History with Technology

Find lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that incorporate technology with history curriculums in the classroom. Learn about using web technologies including blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks, Google Docs, ebooks, online maps, and online posters. Watch instructional video tutorials and learn how others are using technology in the classroom. 888-377-9518.

Teaching with Historic Places

Uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to create activities and lesson plans for primary sources, photographs, maps, and other documents. Students can search for their own history in their communities. You can also submit your own lesson plan for a historic site. 1849 C St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20240. 202-354-2238.

The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve System is dedicated to providing teachers, students of all ages, and the public with quality materials to enhance understanding about the economy and the Fed's role. 20th St. and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20551.

The National Archives and Records Administration

Enrich a classroom activity, a homework assignment, or a research project with online activities, ready-to-use tools and lesson plans for teaching with documents in the classroom, and thousands of downloadable primary sources. 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park, MD 20740. 866-272-6272.

The National WWII Museum

Downloadable lesson plans on the events, geography, history, and people of World War II come with directions, enrichment suggestions, and more. Students can also create their own WWII Jeopardy Game or Computer Quiz to test their peers. 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. 504-528-1944.