A curated collection of some of our favorite lesson plans, featuring tools from WorldStrides’ rich network of partners as well as the great work of teachers who believe – as we do – that the world is your classroom.
Lesson Plan - Washington D.C. Pre-Trip Project
This lesson plan from Alexander Purdy was the winner of our 2018 Lesson Plan Contest! It will help prepare students prior to their Washington, D.C. trip by giving them the background knowledge that will allow them to fully interact with the museums and monuments.
Lesson Plan - Constitutional Character: Who was James Madison?
This lesson plan approaches the study of Madison the great historical figure through a popular technique for literary character study: the social media profile. Using historical evidence to create a social media profile for Madison invites students to take a closer, more intimate look at the mind and character of the man that made such an impact on our constitution and the history of our country.
Lesson Plan - Varying Perspectives and Ranges of Responses to the Holocaust
This lesson plan relies on resources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and allows students to consider various perspectives of the time and work with materials that informed different groups about the pressing issues of the day. This study of the Holocaust illustrates the very real motivations and pressures that led ordinary people to act/not act in response to the events around them.
Lesson Plan - Remembering Lincoln: Primary Sources Discovery Lesson Plan and Guide
This lesson plan invites students to explore primary sources about Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, from a serious analytical perspective while simultaneously incorporating elements of discovery and choice.
By exploring text’s available on fords.org, the website for our partners at Ford’s Theater, this lesson plan is designed to reveal to students that the words and concepts spoken by President Lincoln are still meaningful and relevant today.
Students will use independently-selected research to explore, dissect, and reassemble their understanding of Abram Lincoln’s legacy in this lesson plan. Ask them to consider how and why his legacy is important and useful to them as young citizens today and future leaders in a modern American democracy.
Lesson Plan - Says who? Points of view from the 1860s!
Using resources from Ford’s Theater, this lesson plan is designed to invite students to explore materials related to President Lincoln, the Civil War, and several of the many viewpoints of the 1860s. Students will consider various perspectives of the time and work with materials that informed different groups about the pressing issues of the day.
Lesson Plan - An Exquisitely Evil Analysis: Unlocking Secrets at the International Spy Museum
Drawing on themes from the International Spy Museum exhibit “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villians,” this lesson plan asks students to flex developing research skills to explore how villainy can reveal important lessons about history and pop culture. Confronting the fears of past generations and reasons behind those fears enable students to develop and retain knowledge about key historical time periods in context by giving each period an unforgettable “face of evil.”
Lesson Plan - Mind Your Own Business: Spy Museum Lesson Plan
This lesson plan explores how codes and cyphers can be used to convey messages discretely, challenging students to rethink communication and to be particularly intentional in maintaining their privacy in this modern era.
This project-based lesson plan helps students generate meaning from photographers and use photographs with annotation to present their own perspective. It's valuable for students who are or are not traveling.
This lesson plan incorporates custom maps of major European destinations and accompanying activities that you can use to teach your students basic communication and navigation skills. This is a fun and easy way to teach directional terminology and to practice giving and receiving directions.
Our post-trip lesson plan contest finalist was co-submitted by Michelle Myers, Mimma-Marie Cammarata, and Sharon Galt. This lesson plan is designed for Foreign Language classes that have returned from an international Perspectives program.
Lesson plan contest potpourri finalist, Amy Ripperger shares her lesson plan Teaching Media Literacy. It is designed to teach students to know where to turn for accurate information that paints the whole picture.
Lesson plan contest finalist, Steve Heiniger shares his History lesson about the John Adams Memorial. Students are provided practice in thinking and research skills by learning to use the media center, primary documents, and community resources such as historic sites and buildings to identify, evaluate and use appropriate data and reference information.
The lesson plan contest honorable mention goes to Gina Stackhouse. Her Spanish lesson plan, Cuba: De gustos y sabores" is geared to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Lesson Plan - Biotechnologist: Genetically Modified Crops
The lesson plan contest honorable mention is Randy Paradise. His lesson plan, Biotechnologist: Genetically Modified Crops is designed for 8th-grade Biology students to emphasize the importance of the economy and society. As the population of the Earth continues to increase, the need for more food will continue to grow. It is expected that the Earth’s population will increase by almost 2 billion people in 2050. Many people are concerned about how these 9 billion people will be fed.
Lesson Plan - Mount Vernon - Photojournalism - Enslaved People's Story
This lesson plan submitted by Mari Weiss encourages students to take time to view and reflect on the enslaved people's living quarters and memorials at Mount Vernon by telling a story through photographs.
Students will identify different uses of the word "survival" in different contexts, and begin to develop a larger idea of what is required to be a survivor in this lesson plan submitted by Brad Francis.
Lesson Plan - Cultural Introduction: Human Family by Maya Angelou
In this lesson plan submitted by Robert Cook, students will work in small groups to decipher stanza's from Maya Angelou's poem to determine their interpretation of what it means in relation to culture as a whole.
Lesson Plan - Serving Those Who Have Served Us - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
In this lesson plan by Mike Allison, students will use research skills to understand the life of a man or woman whose name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and determine what would be a meaningful gift "gift" to leave underneath the name at the memorial.
Students will learn about the nation's capital through a topographical drawing activity, allowing them to develop an understanding of the major people and events and eras of American history in this lesson plan by Karla Tripoli.