Elementary School Distance Learning Programs
Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! Our interactive programs feature primary sources from our holdings. Each program aligns with National Social Studies Standards and Common Core State Standards. We also provide teacher guides with pre- and post-program lessons.
Point-to-point distance learning programs are available Tuesday-Thursday and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. We can deliver up to four programs per school per day. For schools with over four classes, we recommend connecting with two to three classes at a time. You can connect your class via traditional videoconferencing equipment or online with a webcam, microphone, and speakers.
Lower Elementary (K-2)
Our Classroom Bill of Rights!
What are rights and why are they important?
Students will be introduced to the concept of rights, discuss why rights are important, and learn about the Bill of Rights with the help of Sammy the American Bald Eagle puppet. As a class, students will create their own classroom Bill of Rights.
- For grades K-2
- 30–45 minutes
Upper Elementary (3-5)
The Charters of Freedom: Building a More Perfect Union
What is the purpose of each of the founding documents and why are they important?
During this program, students will learn the purpose of each of the founding documents – the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights – and why each is important. In groups, students will complete a graphic organizer and use the information to answer questions by incorporating kinesthetic learning.
- For grades 3–5
- 45–60 minutes
- No required pre-program lesson
The Constitution at Work: Elementary Edition
How is the U.S. Constitution relevant to the daily lives of American citizens?
What does the board game “Monopoly” have to do with the U.S. Constitution? How about the letter you wrote to the president when you were in elementary school? The answer to both questions is: plenty—if you know your Constitution! This program provides a unique opportunity to learn, via analysis of primary source documents, about the content, impact, and perpetual relevance of the U.S. Constitution to the daily lives of American citizens.
- For grades 4-5
- 45-60 minutes
Superhero Bill of Rights!
What are rights and what would the world look like without them?
Students will learn about the importance of rights and ponder what the world would look like without them. Focusing on the First Amendment, Superhero Bill of Rights saves the day by providing rights for citizens. Students will analyze primary sources to identify the appropriate freedom(s) of the five freedoms represented.
- For grades 3-5
- 45 minutes
If you have questions about any of our programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.