Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
Teaching the Vietnam War with Primary Sources from The New York Times
A collection of original reporting, photographs, and first-person accounts of the Vietnam War from the New York Times. The collection is accompanied by activity ideas, discussion topics, and topics for further research.
LIFE: Vietnam War Photo Essays
A collection of photo essays from LIFE that cover different topics, people, and events from the Vietnam War. Contains disturbing accounts and images; be sure to preview for age-appropriateness.
History: The Vietnam War
A collection of articles and videos from the History Channel on the Vietnam War. You can find detailed information on various topics such as the Pentagon Papers, Kent State, Ho Chi Minh, Protests, and more.
Vietnam War Lessons
PBS Learning Media has a large collection of resources for teaching the Vietnam War. You can find lessons based on historical news footage, videos, documents, and more.
The Pritzker Military Museum
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is a non-partisan, non-governmental museum dedicated to military history, military affairs, and national security public education. It hosts a large online collection of historical photographs, artifacts, memorabilia, books, videos, magazines, and veteran biographies, most of which is available online.
Naval History and Heritage Command
The Naval History and Heritage Command is an association of Naval museums across the United States that collects documents, artifacts, photos, oral histories, and art from the U.S. Navy. In addition to a large online collection of primary sources, the site hosts a vast amount of historical information, where you can research specific topics, statistics, and notable service member biographies from the various U.S. wars and military engagements.
The Texas Tech Vietnam Center
The Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive hosts thousands of documents, photographs, artifacts, videos, audio recordings, and maps related to the Vietnam War. In addition to searching its large collection of primary sources, the Center's site hosts virtual exhibitions and other educator resources.
Veterans History of the Vietnam War
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
The Vietnam War Declassification Project
"To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon, the staff of the Gerald R. Ford Library reviewed for possible declassification nearly 40,000 pages of National Security Adviser files on Indochina. This exhibit illustrates the wealth of material now available for research."
Vietnam Documents Online
Mount Holyoke College maintains a searchable database of full-text documents related to the Vietnam War. You can browse documents by year from 1940-1975 and retrospective documents up to today.
Vietnam War Maps
The Westpoint US Military Academy has a collection of maps related to the Vietnam War. You can find maps of Vietnam and IndoChina from various time periods and related to specific battles and offensives.
Military Resources: Vietnam War
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration maintains a large collection of links to primary sources related to the Vietnam War. You can find military documents, records, memoirs, maps, tapes, and more.
The Vietnam War, 1945-1975: Digital Exhibition
This is a digital exhibition from the New York Historical Society that features historical photos, videos, music, art, oral histories, and more to tell the story of the Vietnam War and its impact on the country. Also included are a printable family guide, classroom workbook, and other educator resources.
Live Interviews and Q&A with Veteran Pilots
OGTA (Old Guys and Their Airplanes) Debriefs are interviews with decorated combat veterans conducted live and allowing the audience a chance for Q&A with the veteran. Aviation artist, writer and filmmaker John Mollison conducts the interviews, which are recorded and posted on the linked page of The Distinguished Flying Cross Society. A total of 8 interviews are planned.
Vietnam War: The Seeds Of Conflict
This YouTube video is the first in a 12-part series of a Vietnam War documentary narrated by Walter Cronkite and originally airing on CBS News in 1987.
Vietnam War Facts
A brief background and key facts on the Vietnam War from Kids Konnect. Comes with a free worksheet unit. You just need to select the free subscription option.
Vietnam War Facts
A list of FAQs and answers on the Vietnam War from American-Historama.org, an Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids.
Vietnam War Simplified!
A kid-friendly background on the Vietnam War by BrainPOP. YouTube video posted by Adam Wenell.
The Price of Freedom: Vietnam
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a digital exhibition by the Smithsonian Institute. It contains photographs and artifacts related to the Vietnam War in a timeline format.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
The VVMF mission is to "honor, educate and heal by building the Education Center at The Wall, the place on the National Mall where the stories and sacrifices of our heroes will never be forgotten."
Battlefield is a 1994 PBS documentary that details the important battles during and leading up to the Vietnam War. This accompanying website gives a brief history of the circumstances leading up to the war, a timeline, and a background on military tactics and equipment.
The Virtual Wall
A virtual wall of the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington DC. You can search by name or location and find letters, poems, photographs, and other details about the person on the site.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Official site from the From the National Park Service. Honoring the men and women who served in the controversial Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. Offers a Junior Ranger program for kids to use onsite at the wall.