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 - 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.

Lesson Plan - Lincoln’s Words Live On

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.

Lesson Plan - Lessons from Lincoln’s Leadership

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.

Annotated Photo Journal - A Lesson Plan

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.

Lesson Plan - Map & Directions

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.

Lesson Plan - Chicken: Not Just A Nugget

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 - Teaching Media Literacy

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 - Cuba: De gustos y sabores

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.

Lesson Plan - The Call of the Wild

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 - Why we celebrate Veterans Day

This lesson plan submitted by Heather Wagner utilizes video clips to explore the history of sacrifice and freedom by our Veterans, and why we celebrate Veterans Day.

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 - Density Toy Project

This lesson plan submitted by Eric Brown teaches the principles of density, how to manipulate it, and graph it through the process of engineering a toy product.

Lesson Plan - The Dungeon of Economic Depression Escape Room

This lesson plan submitted by Barb Schwarz allows students to learn about economic depression by participating in the popular escape room activity.

Lesson Plan - Immigrant Scrap Book

Students learn to embrace diversity and different cultures by learning about the different groups of people who made the country what it is today in this lesson plan submitted by Jeff Palmer.

Lesson Plan - Which One Doesn't Belong

In this lesson plan by Debra Duffey, students will look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning in Linear Equations, and then present their grids to the class.

Lesson Plan - Research a Veteran

This activity by Jon Mouw focuses on honoring local veterans by interviewing a veteran and then sharing a presentation with classmates.

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.

Lesson Plan - Washington, D.C. Drawing

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.

Lesson Plan - Washington, D.C. Itinerary QR Code Scavenger Hunt

In this lesson plan submitted by Michael Bollinger, students will work together to learn about the historical significance of the sites they will see in Washington, D.C. by solving a mystery.

Lesson Plan - Plankton Races

This webinar presents a fun and easy science lesson for the classroom to reinforce the learning about a marine life food chain.