Distance Learning Programs

Visit the National Archives without leaving your classroom! We offer free distance learning/videoconferencing opportunities for K-12 students and educators. Our interactive programs feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources.

Workshops for Students

Story of "National Symbols"

This puppet show will introduce young students to symbols and the National Archives documents that illustrate them. Students will then have the opportunity to make their own Great Seal with symbols that tell about themselves.

  • For grades K–1
  • 30 minutes
  • National History Standard: Topic 3:4
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Animals in Space and Other Cool NASA Stuff

Do you think NASA wanted to send a pig into space? What did the original space suits look like? Find the answers to these questions and more by exploring historical NASA documents from the National Archives at Fort Worth. Learn about the development of the space program through records that were created for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions.

  • For grades 3-6
  • 45 minutes
  • National History Standard: Era 9:1C
  • National Science Standard: NS.K-4.7
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We the People: A Constitution Day Program

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. The National Archives at Fort Worth celebrates this important day in our nation's history by presenting a program for students to learn more about our Constitution and government.

  • For grades 3-5
  • 30 minutes
  • National History Standard: Topic 3:4; Era 3:3
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National History Day

Students can learn about completing National History Day (NHD) projects as well as researching primary sources online and in person at the National Archives or a Presidential Library. See our NHD Workshops page.

Professional Development Workshops for Educators

National Archives: High-Standard Learning

A key component of understanding historical context is the use of primary sources. The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate how to deliver such documents in an easy, effective, and interactive manner. We demonstrate how primary sources in the holdings of the National Archives can be used to set, review, assess, and expand lessons. Time will be spent locating primary sources and learning about DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives—featuring thousands of our most-requested documents. A bonus is that it also meets the requirements of state standards in the use of primary sources!

Using the National Archives for Historical Reading and Writing

Teach your students how to think, read, and write like historians. In this program we demonstrate how primary sources in the holdings of the National Archives can be used for reading and writing historically. We will cover how to write document-based questions (DBQs) for essays and how to analyze documents.

National History Day

Learn about our resources for National History Day (NHD) projects and primary source research, including NHD resources on archives.gov and DocsTeach.org. See our NHD Workshops page.

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