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.

Request your program today!

 

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 Charters of Freedom: 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

 


The Constitution at Work: Elementary Edition

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Letter from Eight-year-old Sheryl Byland to President Eisenhower With a Suggestion for a New National Flag, 1958

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Guiding Question:

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

 

Teacher Guide

 


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

 


Questions?

If you have questions about any of our programs, please contact us at distancelearning@nara.gov.

 


Request your program today!

Register online. If you prefer, fill out and return our PDF form to distancelearning@nara.gov.

 

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