History/Social Studies

In these historic times, learn from the past and diverse cultures. Also see our Black Culture and World Music guides.

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism& Black history, STEM, arts and the coronavirus, starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or…

EduHam at Home

Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America’s founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for…

Mission US 

Learn American history with a choose-your-adventure interactive, online game. Take the role of printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston deciding whether to join the revolutionary movement, an enslaved 14-year-old girl escaping to freedom in Ohio, teenage farmers in the Great Depression…

FLOCABULARY

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words…

SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Find free online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a  meaningful story or video. Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.

Experience The Tenement Museum From Home

Learn about former residents of two historic Lower East Side buildings and find out what life was like in a tenement. Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, online exhibit exploration guides interactive games and more. Hear the…

Museum at Eldridge Street Learning From Home

Find easily adaptable lesson plans, writing prompts, art activities, storytime videos, vintage photos and more history and culture inspired by an 1887 Lower East Side synagogue and its stories of Jewish immigrant life, architecture and historic preservation.

Kennedy Center Education

Explore music, dance, theater, opera, visual and media arts through informative and engaging Kennedy Center Education  interactive lessons with music videos. Learn about African-American History,  US President’s Favorite Music, all sorts of dance, Dance, popular American songs and more. Designed…

Outschool

Explore just about any interest from math to Minecraft to piano with passionate teachers over live video chat. Choose from over 15,000+ classes including Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed explorations of explore history, art, science and more. Format include one-time…

Time for Kids

Read engaging articles on science, current events, money and more in  TIME for Kids weekly magazines in a digital library, temporarily free for all. Also find teaching materials with links to printable PDFS, quizzes, suggested activities and videos. For grades…

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Website

Explore George Washington’s home and life with virtual tours, games, quizzes, coloring pages, recipes, a digital encyclopedia, videos and Be Washington, a fascinating first-person interactive leadership experience. Come face to face with challenges that George Washington confronted as commander in…

The Past & The Curious

Learn that history can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone in a podcast featuring stories of Spies, funny foods, George Washington’s foibles, early advancements in cartooning and ballooning and much more. A professional music score and important songs accompany…

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Learn about extraordinary, inspiring women women in a podcast based on global best-selling book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (a great purchase for at-home reading). Features famous leaders like Harriet Tubman and RBG as well as lesser known heroes…

Schoolhouse Rock

Learn about multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, environmentalism and more with short music videos created from 1973-2009. Clever lyrics, catching tunes and amusing animations make education fun. Available on Amazon & Disney Plus (plus some on YouTube).…

History @ Home

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn about history in real-time with New-York Historical Society educators on Zoom. Lessons are content-based and inquiry-driven, featuring images and historical documents from the museum’s collections using shared PowerPoint presentations. Grade levels vary by day with grades K-12. Themes include…

Building a Community – How Can We Make a Difference?

July 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join the Tenement Museum online to explore the role of community in creating change, through the story of the Saez-Velez family, a Puerto Rican family who lived on the Lower East Side for fifty years. Beginning with their arrival in…

Intrepid Online Family Programs

July 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join an Intrepid Museum Educator each week to explore history, science, and ingenuity online together. Family-friendly and engaging for all ages. Includes hands-on projects. Advance registration required to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials when necessary.

EduHam at Home Online History School

July 9 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Take free courses for middle and high school students trough Gilder Lehrman, the American History partner with the Hamilton musical for EduHam at home. Each course includes online presentations, hosted live on Zoom, exploring topics such as the history of…

Kidville’s Beyond Your Backyard: Explore African Culture

July 9 @ 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Join Ms. Vasthy to  explore different African cultures and learn how African influences have shaped the culture of that week’s city or county, which will vary from the Caribbean to Nigeria, and even New Orleans. Explore culture through dance parties,…

Varsity Tutors Online Classes

July 13, 2020 - February 11, 2021

Take free live K-12 online classes in a variety of subjects such as “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. Choose from daily classes and week-long half-day…

Family Legacy Camp

July 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Make a memento your family will treasure for years to come. In a 3-day online camp, Vita Story Club and Empowering the Ages creatively engage older and younger members of families in meaningful conversation and story-telling, both within your own…

Interactive Family Event: Meet Victoria Confino

July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Virtually visit to the Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street to interact face-to-face with a former resident. Journey back in time to 1916 and learn from an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United…

Camp History @ Home: Women March

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join New-York Historical Society via Zoom to explore the exhibition Women March and be inspired by Vashti Harrison’s celebrated book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. Explore the power of collective action both before and after the historic 1920…

Morgan Bookmarks: A Family Art Experience

July 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the Morgan Library & Museum from home with a live interactive tour. Take a closer look at objects in the Morgan’s Collection Online, ranging from ancient to modern. Receive a creative prompt with each experience, for inspiration to write,…