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.
- 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.
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.
What Happens in Washington?
What are the functions of the nation’s capital?
During this virtual field trip, students will explore Washington, DC, as the seat of our nation’s government, as a tourist destination where people can learn about the history of the United States, and as a place where people can go to make their voices heard. Throughout the program, students will search for American symbols and analyze photographs of important DC destinations.
- For grades K–2
- 30–45 minutes
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
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 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 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
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 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
If you have questions about any of our programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.