Free Lesson Plans

The coronavirus has disrupted classrooms across the United States, and we know that teachers are having to shift to remote learning.

We’d like to make life a little easier by providing free, ungated access to some of our most popular lesson plans. From history to language learning to STEM, there is something for everyone, and there is no limit to how many you can download.

History and Social Studies

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.

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History 2020 Calendar

Bring the past to the present in your history or social studies classroom! Each month of our new calendar features a major historic milestone, chosen from a wide variety of eras and places across the globe, and explores its importance on the world stage.

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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!

Perdido en Madrid

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!

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Voyage, Voyage!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Cover of ACIS Holocaust studies guide