History Resources, Activities, and Skill-Builders - FamilyEducation


Generate a love for history in your child with these activities.

1000 Years of School?

How far have we come in the last 1000 years? Take our quiz and see how much you know. read more

8 MLK Jr. Values to Instill in Your Kids

Martin Luther King Jr.'s monumental legacy and remarkable values can be hard to convey to children of any age. This guide can help you share quotes and facts about King, as well as the important values he emphasized and simple ways kids can help keep his dreams and wisdom alive. read more

A High-Flying Timeline

A High-Flying TimelineWhat a trip -- from the Wright brothers' first, 12-second flight to the latest launch of the Space Shuttle! Take this aviation tour with your kids. Share your own memories and lay the groundwork for future lofty discussions. 1500's Leonardo da Vinci makes drawings of flying machines. He envisions them with wings that flap. read more

Abolitionists Protest the Fourth

Print a worksheet that presents a poem about slavery, which was written by Massachusetts abolitionists in 1855. read more

Activities to Honor Heroes

These three activities will enable children to identify the characteristics of a hero and complete a project that reflects the person. This is a great activity to do during Black History Month or civic holidays like Veterans Day. read more

African-American Troops in the Civil War

African-American Troops in the Civil War There were so many African-American men involved in the war on the Union side after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that a so-called Bureau of Colored Troops was formed to recognize and organize African-Americans fighting in the war. Known as United States Colored Troops, these men, mainly former slaves, eventually made up 144 infantry regiments, 13 heavy artillery regiments, 7 cavalry regiments, and 1 light artillery regiment. The state of Louisiana mustered the most troops overall: 24,000 men. read more

African-Americans in the Civil War

African-Americans in the Civil War It is easy to forget that the momentous conflict between North and South was not formally “about” freeing slaves until Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Equally easy to overlook are Lincoln's own policy pronouncements on race, which today carry more than a whiff of the white supremacist: read more

African-Americans in the Revolutionary War

African-Americans in the Revolutionary War This was, of course, the military conflict by which the 13 British colonies in North America became a new and (initially) very loosely confederated nation, the United States of America. The date we usually associate with the founding of the nation is July 4, 1776, the date celebrated as that of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The conflict between British imperial power and American colonists had, however, been unfolding for some years before that. read more

African-Americans in World War II

African-Americans in World War II The global conflict between the Axis and the Allies was the costliest—in terms of both life and money—the world had ever seen. By the time it was formally concluded on September 2, 1945, over a million African Americans had served in the U.S. military in the struggle against Germany, Japan, and Italy. A number of African American units were honored with Distinguished Unit Citations for their service during the war, including the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion and the 969th Field Artillery Battalion. read more

All About Early Explorers

Use these worksheets to teach children about early world exploration while improving word-matching skills. read more

All about Saint Patrick's Day

Learn some great facts about St. Patrick's Day. read more

All About the Boston Tea Party

A reading comprehension worksheet about the Boston Tea Party. read more

All the Way with JFK!

JFK was a war hero, civil rights supporter, and writer. See what else you know. read more

America of the People Poster

This poster and related lessons get children thinking about the domestic and foreign affairs in 1961 and compare them to those in 2001. read more

America Shall Not Perish Poster

Children identify connections between the Civil War and the events following September 11, 2001 in this lesson. They also spend time thinking about heroism and identifying heroes. read more

American History

Do you think you are an American history whiz? See if you can pass this quiz! read more

American History 101, Part I

From the Revolution, to the Civil War, to the space race, test your knowledge of American history with this quiz. read more

American History 101, Part III

From John Adams to the Panama Canal, find out how much you know about American history with this quiz. read more

American History, Part II

From Abraham Lincoln to Snoop Doggy Dog, how much do you know about American history? Take the quiz to find out! read more

American Indian Art and Technology Quiz

Native Americans used art for both decoration and practical purposes. Test your knowledge of the many forms of Native American craftsmanship. read more

American Indian War History Quiz

How much do you know about the first wars in America? Take the American Indian War History Quiz to find out. read more

Ancient Egypt Quiz

What do you know about the Sphinx, the Great Pyramids, and other mysteries of Ancient Egypt? Take the quiz! read more

Ancient Greece Quiz

Culture, religion, and festivals -- what do you know about Ancient Greece? read more

Asian Pacific American Leaders

Test your knowledge about famous Asian Pacific American leaders. read more

Aztec Empire Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Aztec Empire! read more

Back in Time to 1969 Quiz

The year 1969 brought us Woodstock, Chappaquiddick, and Midnight Cowboy. See what else you know about the close of the '60s. read more

Books for Women's History Month

Books for Women's History MonthThe 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Presentby Deborah G. Felder From Eleanor Roosevelt, and Lucille Ball, to Marie Curie, and Harriet Tubman. Written with the help of women's studies professors from top U.S. colleges and universities, this book profiles influential women, both famous and not so well known. read more

Caesar and the Ides Quiz

Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most infamous characters. See what facts you know about the Roman leader. read more

Changing History

Changing History For: Kids 9 and upRequired: Just your time. Perhaps your young negotiators would have found a way for the colonists and the British to resolve their differences without warfare -- and now they can tell you how they would have accomplished this historic feat. Ask your kids to choose a historical event that they've been studying. They might want to conduct additional research to refresh their memories or to add to their stash of knowledge about the happening. read more

Colonial School Vocabulary

Use a fill-in-the-blank worksheet that will help children learn vocabulary about the Colonial Schools. read more