Educator Resources

Elementary School Distance Learning Programs

Visit the National Archives without leaving your classroom! Our free, 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.

Scheduling Details

  • Available Tuesdays-Thursdays
  • Must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance
  • For groups of 10 or more students
  • Multiple sites can connect at the same time

We can deliver up to five programs per school per day. For schools with over five classes, we recommend connecting two to three classes at the same time or scheduling programs over multiple days.

Technology Requirements

You can connect your class via traditional videoconferencing equipment or online via a computer with a webcam, microphone, and speakers. These programs can also accommodate students connecting from home.

Email distancelearning@nara.gov with questions or to request your program today!

We Rule: Civics for All of US

We Rule: Civics for All of US is a new education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement. 

Learn more about our regularly scheduled webinars and by-request programs.

 

 

The Constitution Rules!

State of the Union AddressIn this program, students will explore the idea of different responsibilities in their community and analyze images that highlight the jobs of the three branches of government as outlined in the Constitution.

  • For grades K-2
  • 30 minutes

This program is offered as a part of We Rule: Civics for All of US, a new education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement.

 

The Constitution and Our Community

The Constitution displayed in its case at the National ArchivesIn this program, students will explore the idea of community, hone their primary source analysis skills by examining government records, and connect the Constitution to their own lives.

  • For grades 3-5
  • 45 minutes

This program is offered as a part of We Rule: Civics for All of US, a new education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement.

 

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

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Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC, 3/3/1913

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Guiding Question: How can people influence the government?

Using the founding documents of the United States and historical records of the National Archives, students will determine how and why women fought for the right to vote. Students will explore the challenges suffragists faced and discover why the fight  for women’s voting rights persisted even after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

  • For grades 3–5
  • 45–60 minutes

 

The Founding Documents: Building a More Perfect Union

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The Charters of Freedom: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights

Guiding Question: What is the purpose of each of the founding documents and why are they important?

During this program, students will explore the history and purpose of each of the founding documents – the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Students will discover a model they can use to distinguish the three documents.

  • For grades 3–5
  • 45–60 minutes

 

Superhero Bill of Rights!

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Image from "The Bill of Rights and Beyond" Poster Created by the Bicentennial Commission, 1991

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Guiding Question: What are rights and how can we exercise our rights?

Focusing on the First Amendment, students will discover how the Superhero Bill of Rights saves the day by protecting people’s rights. Students will learn about the importance of rights and discover how they can exercise their rights. They will also analyze primary sources to identify the appropriate freedom(s) of the five freedoms represented in each historical example.

  • For grades 3-5
  • 45 minutes
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