Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
The Poppy Story
An animated short film about the journey of the poppy and what it means. Written specifically for very young children this is an excellent introduction to the poppy and remembrance.
WWI at Mr. Donn's Site
Large collection of lesson plans, presentations, activities, games, and other resources for teachers and students about WWI, covering The Lusitania and Submarine Warfare, The Zimmerman Telegram, WW1 Propaganda Posters, and more.
PBS WWI Resources
A collection of lesson plans, articles, video clips, images, and more from PBS covering the Great War. Designed for middle and high school students.
Teacher Lesson Plans from the Harry Truman Library
A collection of various US and World History lessons, including numerous WWI lessons, from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Mostly Secondary level lesson plans.
The Great War: Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles
WWI lesson plans from EDSITEment that explore the impact of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany. For 9th-12th grades.
The WWI Document Archive (BYU)
An archive of primary documents from World War One that you can browse by date, type of document, or topic. From Brigham Young University.
Teaching With Documents: The Zimmermann Telegram
Learn about the telegram that changes the course of history by studying the primary documents and these accompanying activities from the National Archives.
Teaching With Documents: Photographs of the 369th Infantry and African Americans during World War I
Read about the "Harlem Hellfighters," an all-black regiment under the command of mostly white officers. From the National Archives
Teaching With Documents: Sow the Seeds of Victory! Posters from the Food Administration During World War I
On August 10, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued Executive Order 2679-A creating the U. S. Food Administration. See how this organization has impacted American lives. From the National Archives, includes posters and lessons.
Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points
A full-text, primary source of President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points from Yale.
Recordings from WWI and the 1920 Election
This collection consists of fifty-nine Library of Congress sound recordings of speeches from 1918-1920. Speakers include: Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel Gompers, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John J. Pershing.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial
The National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO has a large collection of artifacts, photos, posters, ads, and more that can be browsed online, as well as an interactive timeline, digital exhibitions, articles, lessons, activities, and other educator resources.
International Encyclopedia of the First World War
1914-1918-online is a collaborative, open-access digital encyclopedia that contains hundreds of multimedia articles on various topics about WWI.
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
The WWI Centennial Commission “was established by the World War One Centennial Commission Act, part of Public Law 112-272 passed by the 112th Congress and signed by President Obama on January 16, 2013, and further refined by Public Law 113-291, Subtitle J, Section 3091. The Commission is responsible for planning, developing, and executing programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War One.” The site contains a large collection of primary sources and educator resources.
Over the Top: WWI Game
“Over the Top is an interactive adventure that allows you to experience the life in the trenches during the First World War.”
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.
Eyewitness to History WWI
First-hand accounts of WWI from those who lived through it. From Eyewitness to History.
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 WWI.
The Smithsonian WWI Collection
Browse the Smithsonian Institute's WWI collection of artifacts, photos, films, advertisements, uniforms, and more online.
Smithsonian WWI Lessons
A collection of WWI lesson plans from the Smithsonian Institute that utilize various artifacts and primary sources to teach students about the war.
MacArthur Memorial WWI Video Lessons
“The MacArthur Memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.” In addition to a large collection of primary sources and artifacts, the MacArthur Memorial has a series of lessons covering maps, battles, the end of the war, trench warfare, and more.
BBC WWI Video and Interactive Resources
The BBC has a large collection of video resources and an interactive exhibition to explore various topics about WWI, such as Armistice Day, the roles of various countries and regions in the war, specific battles, women in war, and more.