Student Resources

Student resources are interactive activities collected from around the Web. They can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse our library of student resources by grade level or subject area below.

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History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Frederick Douglass's “What To the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) was a former slave who became the greatest abolitionist orator of the antebellum period. During the Civil War he worked tirelessly for the emancipation of the four million enslaved African Americans. In the decades after the war, he was the most influential African American leader in the nation.

He delivered this speech on July 5, 1852. It is generally considered his greatest and one of the greatest speeches of the 19th century. Before you read the speech you can follow these links to learn more about Douglass’s life and the evolution of his thought in this period.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Full Spectrum (Student)

In this launchpad students will be introduced to the basics of the color wheel, as well as the ways in which artists use color to guide the viewer's attention through a painting's composition.

Art & Culture

Launchpad: Full Spectrum (Teacher)

In this launchpad, teachers will introduce students to the basics of the color wheel, as well as the ways in which artists use color to guide the viewer's attention through a painting's composition.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Galileo and His "Starry Messenger"

In this Launchpad, students explore a section of Galileo’s booklet, Starry Messenger, in which he describes his observations of the solar system and stars through a telescope that he made. This telescope allowed him to see the distant objects in the sky in ways that no one had ever seen them before.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Getting to Know the First Amendment! (6–12)

Review the features of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: Getting to Know the First Amendment! (K–5)

Review the features of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.