Free Lesson Plans
ACIS has created a series of free lesson plans to bring history to life, increase cultural awareness, practice language and deepen understanding of how science impacts society. There is something for everyone, and no limit to how many you may download. Our goal is to empower educators to inspire the next generation of global citizens. We primarily do this through travel, but we can’t help but provide resources for the classroom as well.
History and Social Studies
Travel to some of the world’s most historic sites, all through an online lesson plan.
Monarchs Who Shaped History
Discover the impact of three famous monarchs on the world we know today.
Lesson Plan: Ovid and the Art of Love
In this classroom activity, students will engage meaningfully with Ovid’s primary source, Ars Amatoria, and compare cultural norms from the past with their own day-to-day lives.
Foreign Language Learning
Cultural Resources for the Spanish, French, German and Italian Language Classrooms
These comprehensive guides of free, online resources, from curated university libraries to embassy sites, explore the history and culture of the Spanish, French, German and Italian speaking world. Plus, free ACIS lesson plans and blog posts!
Available in Spanish, French, Italian and German
Whether you are traveling abroad with students or looking to make language come alive in the classroom, our Visual Vocabulary piece is a great way to practice vocab basics. Test your knowledge and see how many items you can name. The worksheet also includes a series of useful phrases.
Perdido en Madrid Video Lesson Plan
Episodes 1 and 2
Shot on location in Madrid, our two-part video lesson plan was created by Spanish language educators to put vocab into action. Follow Brandon and Christina as they tour through some of the city’s most beautiful monuments and sample some of the best tapas on offer!
Voyage, Voyage! Video Lesson Plan
Episodes 1 and 2
Created by French language educators and native speakers, the videos and accompanying exercise packets put essential French language skills into practice in a funny, relatable format.
Spanish Lyrics and Learning
Bring music into the Spanish classroom! Using the lyrics of contemporary Spanish songs, students will practice vocab and learn cultural nuances between Spanish-speaking countries.
25 Terms You Will Only Hear in Québécois
Download our handout for 25 French words you’ll only hear in Quebec, with English definitions and their closest synonyms in standard French!
STEM Based Learning
STEM Classroom Activity – Human Genome Sequencing
This two-part activity is intended for science teachers who wish to introduce their students to the Human Genome Project, both in its significance to scientific discovery and the broader effects on society.
STEM Classroom Activity – Invasive Species “Wanted” Poster
This lesson plan gives students insight into the global nature of the invasive species problem and helps them find innovative ways to help solve this ongoing issue.
STEM Classroom Activity – The Mediterranean Diet
This lesson plan is intended for science teachers who wish to introduce their students to the nutritional value and cultural history of the Mediterranean Diet.
Lesson Plan on Global Sustainability: From You to the UN
This lesson plan is for English and Social Studies teachers who want to inform their students about the United Nations, youth activism and creating a sustainable future economically and environmentally.
Becoming a Global Citizen
ELA Lesson Plan: The Danger of a Single Story
Using Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story” and Sherman Alexie’s short story “Superman and Me,” students will craft their own definitions of a stereotype, make connections between the texts and themselves and ultimately use those reflections in an essay.
Global Citizenship Workshop
What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? This workshop seeks to help students understand the concept of global citizenship and the common experiences and concerns of the global community. Available in English, French and Spanish!
Bearing Witness: An Educator’s Guide to Studying the Holocaust
This guide is intended as a resource for teachers who wish to engage their students with the difficult topics of Nazi war crimes, genocide and antisemitism before, during, and after travel.
Enhance Your Curriculum
Whether you teach Spanish or History, Biology or English, ACIS’ educational tours make the world your classroom. With our immersive cultural connections, thoughtful itinerary design and expert tour managers, your students are sure to return home with a greater understanding of your curriculum. And perhaps more importantly, the tours will also inspire a greater enthusiasm for continued discovery.
Feel history come alive as you expose students to the sights, sounds and places that they learn about all year long.
Watch your Spanish students fall in love with the language as they take the skills they’ve learned in class and apply them in conversations overseas.
Take your students’ French language skills to the next level and inspire a love for the culture when you travel with them to a French-speaking location.
There’s no better place for your class to practice their German language skills and develop a deeper understanding of the culture than in Germany itself.
Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire as you explore ancient ruins and witness how the Latin language lives on in everyday life.
Explore the places that inspired literary greats and watch as your students develop key critical thinking skills and find inspiration for their own writing.
Connect science, technology, engineering and math subjects to the real world and inspire a lifetime of scientific discovery.
View the world’s most famous art pieces up close and engage your students’ creativity and cultural understanding through one-of-a-kind workshops.
Where would you like to go?
ACIS offers 200+ customizable itineraries to destinations around the world. Let’s work together and change students’ lives.