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Digital Learning Resources

If you are unable to join us in person, explore our digital resources here—organized by grade level and audience—to bring history home. For questions about digital learning resources or programs, email educationprograms@mdhistory.org.

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Grades K-4

Margaret Brent and the Right to Vote

Margaret Brent was the first woman in Maryland to ask for the right to vote during the colonial era. Learn about her life and what it means to vote in this fun activity.
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Create a Protest Sign

Students analyze a photograph taken by Afro-American newspaper photographer Paul Henderson of the Ford’s Theater protest in Baltimore and answer related questions. After looking at the primary source, students make their own protest sign.
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The Chesapeake Bay

Whether for food, travel, or fun, the Chesapeake Bay has always been important to Marylanders. Let your students explore the Chesapeake through video analysis from our “You and Your Watershed” Virtual Field Trip and through a fun word search. This video was created in partnership with the National Aquarium.
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How to Make Butter Lesson

Want to mix history and science? Students watch an informative video on how butter is made, and learn how to make butter themselves.
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Clothing of Colonial Maryland Lesson

Through photographic exploration and a fun word search, this lesson teaches students about the clothing styles in colonial Maryland.
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Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 Activity

Explore an earlier time when a community reacted to a major disaster. Students analyze maps, images, and laws to see how Baltimore changed due to the Great Fire.
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Grades 4-8

Underground Railroad: Resisting Slavery in Maryland

This lesson from our Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) features primary source documents that explore the strategies enslaved people used to escape slavery via the Underground Railroad.
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How did the Chesapeake Bay Shape Early Maryland?

This lesson from our Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) features primary source documents that take a look at the resources the Chesapeake Bay provided and how it influenced the early settlement of Maryland.
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Comparing Maryland’s Regions

This lesson from our Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) features primary source documents to analyze Maryland’s counties in the 1800s. Students answer the question “How did geography and economy differ among the regions of Maryland?”
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Civil War Diary Analysis

During the American Civil War, women’s lives were affected by all aspects of the war. In this lesson, students use primary sources to explore how war impacted one Maryland woman.
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Grades 8-12

Protesting Segregation

This lesson from our Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) features primary source documents that explore the long civil rights movement in Maryland, from the 1860s to the 1960s.
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The 15th Amendment

The passage of the 15th Amendment prohibited race-based limitations on suffrage, opening the opportunity for African American men to vote. Use the primary source image to answer questions about the celebration of this achievement!
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Collecting Students’ Stories of the Baltimore Uprising

The 2015 Baltimore Uprising was a pivotal moment in Maryland’s history. Students are invited to share their memories of the events that took place during the Uprising.
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World War I Poster Analysis

You will analyze the primary source image in order to build knowledge about the goals of the U.S. Government and supporting organizations during World War I.
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Exploring History: How to Use Primary Sources

This lesson from our Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) highlights the amazing collection of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, while guiding students through how to use primary sources.
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Women in Public Life

This lesson from our Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) features guided primary source analysis to help students learn about the expectations society held for women in the 1800s and answer the question “How did women define their role in the public sphere?”
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WEstern European Immigration: Push and Pull

This lesson from our Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) focuses on German and Irish populations, and students answer the question “What were some of the factors that pushed immigrants from their home countries and pulled them to Maryland?”
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Activities for Families

Work & Play on the Bay Activity

Did you know the Chesapeake Bay is almost 200 miles long? Learn even more about the Chesapeake Bay and the history of the animals and people who have called the Bay their home in this online, interactive activity.
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Passion for Fashion Booklet

Do you have a passion for fashion? Bring our Spectrum of Fashion exhibition to your home. Download our Fashion booklet to try your hand at designing clothes based on our collection, or color in your favorite designs.
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Life Then & Now Activity

Check out our interactive, online activity to travel back to the 1800s, meet five children from Maryland, and learn about their lives and their world.
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Video Library

From the American Revolution to oysters and civil rights, the MCHC’s Education Department produces a wide range of educational video material. Check out our Video Library.

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