Resources for Teachers

Suggested Programs

This one-stop shop includes lesson plans, travel opportunities, background information, group projects, and new, creative ideas to make your classroom more international. Check out our favorite resources below:

General Social Studies


THE GLOBAL COMPETENCE CERTIFICATE (GCC) is the premier online graduate level certificate program in global competence education for in-service educators. The GCC is designed to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are able to teach for global competence, and effectively prepare students to be globally informed, engaged citizens.

Cultural Suitcases

Cultural Suitcases provide a structured yet flexible experience for students as they learn about world culture. The goal of each suitcase is to assist teachers in educating themselves and their students about a country's traditions and culture, while broadening understanding and appreciation of the different cultures of the world. Materials are selected to help students connect with the culture of a specific country and include arts and crafts, books and printed materials, clothing and textiles, food-related items, and music and games. The suitcases include lesson plans and activities and can be an asset to any classroom. as well as lesson plans and activities to be used with the materials.


Global Curriculum from the UN.

Discover Diplomacy

Diplomacy is a complex and often challenging practice of fostering relationships around the world in order to resolve issues and advance interests. Discover the People who conduct diplomacy, the Places where the Department of State engages in diplomacy, and the Issues diplomacy helps resolve. This website also offers Educator Educator Resources with a list of discussion questions, getting started activities, connecting activities, and much more.
Discover the People

The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

Nominate a teacher to win this prestigious award. The US-Japan Foundation gives two awards per year: one to an educator who teaches about Japan, and the other to a Japanese language teacher. Nominations are due by February 1, 2013.

Global Dimension

Database of resources for most Social Studies topics and themes.

Global Ed

175 Global Lessons for all Subjects.

The Globalist

This web-only publication discusses the traits and effects of globalization in politics, business, and current events. Its Global e-Briefings for students (under the About Us tab, scroll down and click on "For Students") include Fast Facts about the week's news, a country profile, discussion ideas about a relevant issue, and a weekly quiz.

Dedicated to providing students with information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities on this complex phenomenon. Our goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.


Sign up for Free short daily newsletter of must knows about what is happening in the world.

Hands-On activities for all Social Studies Courses from
San Antonio ISD

Free DVDs to classroom teachers annually.

PowerPoint Sites

This site has had almost 24 million views since 2006 and offers hundreds of free PowerPoint lessons on a variety of topics.

This is another great site which offers over 220 free PowerPoint lessons for Socials Studies.

Primary Source Webinar:
The Common Core: Getting There Globally

How can we best prepare students to develop Common Core skills for history and the humanities in a way that incorporates global content and perspectives? Each webinar will feature grade-specific, global primary sources and present classroom-friendly strategies designed to help students analyze and evaluate a variety of complex nonfiction texts. Topics for 2013-2014 include the Enduring Legacy of Ancient China and Thinking like a Historian.

For information on program availability and registration, please click here.

Our purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. We research issues that are controversial and important, and we present them in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, transparent, and primarily pro-con format at no charge.


This site, created by Discovery Education, offers a way to generate your own free puzzles using vocabulary from your classroom lessons. You can make word search, criss-cross, cryptograms, hidden messages, double puzzles and more.

Region 4 Social Studies Resources

This site links to hundreds of great websites detailing lesson plans, classroom activities, and teaching materials about world and United States history.

Schools World Service Resources

These short films for both primary and secondary schools are designed to raise students awareness of topical international stories and their effects on the lives of children. They provide a context to develop knowledge and understanding of current affairs and global citizenship and encourage skills and attributes such as discussion and debate, empathy and understanding.

Teaching Tolerance

Free Magazine and materials mailed to teachers that are trying to celebrate diversity and understanding in their classrooms.


This site is a virtual clearinghouse of more than 500 of the best talks and performances from some of today’s greatest thinkers, all available for free. These presentations are designed to spread ideas by bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.

World Geography

The Global Education website

The Global Education website provides teachers with resources about a range of global issues supported by case studies, country profiles and teaching activities.

100 People

This site offers a great way to approach diversity throughout the world. It presents an accurate description of the world population proportionally represented by 100 individuals (1:62.5 million), based on criteria such as age, nationality, gender, religion, and language which allows students to change their perspective on demographics around the world.

Around the World with 80 schools

The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype (a free video conferencing tool). It is up to you how regularly and for how long you connect with your Skype partners. The only requirement to count as a “connection” is that you are connecting your students with another school anywhere in the world.

Asia Society

k-12 lesson plans

Asia Society Expanding Horizons

Afterschool and summer learning programs across the country have found that adopting a global learning framework can help build program quality and youth engagement. This website provides a range of materials that will help school leaders, afterschool program directors, trainers, and line staff integrate global learning into out-of-school time.

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Current Issue books for high school and middle school that lead debates about what is happening in our world. Fee.

Connect All Schools

A number of organizations linking US schools with others around the world are coming together in a new “Connect All Schools” consortium to meet a very specific goal: to connect every school in the US with the world by 2016.


This site sets up free international classroom pen pals and allows you to select the country and ages you are looking for.

Fun, Educational Geography Game

This is a seriously fun way to learn the locations of countries, capitals, landmarks and more. With levels, time limits, and even proximity readouts, this game will make your students approach geography in a whole new way.

Gapminder World

Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels. This site features interactive, statistical graphs designed to give students a fact-based worldview.


The GeoMentor Program, developed by National Geographic and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), is designed to inspire people who use geography in their work to help educators and students see the world in new ways. A GeoMentor volunteer "adopts" a school, class, or club, and supports the educator(s) in working with young people using the tools of geography, including maps, globes, atlases, charts, imagery, and field work. Teachers who are interested in being paired with a GeoMentor volunteer should visit the program's website at for more details.

Geography : Teaching with the Stars

Geography: Teaching with the Stars is intended to broaden and complement the impact of the existing National Geographic Society’s State Geography Alliance network. It is designed to provide systematic professional development in geography to middle and high school teachers. It emphasizes pedagogical knowledge and skills as well as content knowledge and applications in geography. Project materials are accessible via a variety of delivery systems, thus making them available to the widest possible audience of those teaching geography.

Global Awareness Map

There are 194 countries around the world. Find out more on each country's people, government, religions, US military presence and current issues. The interactive map is growing daily with videos and teacher content. Please see IRAQ as an example of what is coming for all areas of the world.

Global Elementary Model United Nations in DFW

Global Elementary Model United Nations is what the name implies -- elementary (and middle school) students role-playing the assemblies of the United Nations! This enriching, exciting opportunity has been available in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. since 1990. Participants will attend an exciting two day conference and work to promote the Millennium Development Goals.

Global Encounters, International Student Video Conferences

The Global Encounters program brings together students from across the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future. Sign up your class today!

Global school net cyber fair

Competition for students.

The Globalist

This web-only publication discusses the traits and effects of globalization in politics, business, and current events. Its Global e-Briefings for students (under the About Us tab, scroll down and click on "For Students") include Fast Facts about the week's news, a country profile, discussion ideas about a relevant issue, and a weekly quiz.

Heifer ranch

Poverty simulation for weekend with students.


Hundreds of international projects that allow your students to become involved.

iEARN Webinars:

IEARN webinars focus on using multimedia in global project work. To view past recordings and information on future events, visit IERN website.

International newspapers in English

This site contains links to over 50 news sites from all around the world. All of the links are conveniently translated into English and contain top stories of the any country. This is a great resource to start teaching students about the importance of information from several resources.

McDonalds sites and menus from around the world

My Wonderful World

This site was developed by National Geographic as a resource to encourage teachers and students to get more involved with geography. It includes downloadable action kits, resources and fun ways to bring the world to your classroom.

National Council for Geographic Education

Geography is a fundamental discipline at all levels of education. Elementary students are naturally curious about the world around them. Educators, tutors, and parents always seek ways to build on this natural curiosity and excitement for learning new things. When there is not time in the instructional day to spend time on geography projects and in-depth lessons, a Geography Club may be the answer.

National Geographic bee for 4-8th graders

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

National Geographic Xpeditions

Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life. Xpeditions offers lesson plans sorted by standard and grade level, activities, printer-friendly maps and atlases, and much more.


ODT provides innovative maps, products, and resources to help you see the world in new ways.

Outreach World

A comprehensive one-stop resource for teaching international and area studies and foreign languages. At the core of Outreach World are 120 federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) based at 146 universities, focusing on Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands and International Studies.

Population Education

This site offers amazing interactive lessons for students that use ecology, human geography, anthropology, economics, biology, public health, sociology, environmental studies, history and civics all rolled into one, with a good bit of mathematics to help them understand where they’ve come from and where they might be headed.

Richland College’s United Nations Resources

This website from Richland College offers over 50 short videos about the United Nations and the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (UNMDG’s). It also includes all the curriculum you need to start a Model U.N. on your campus.

Scoop it! Geography Education

Follow this blog for great ideas and updates on teaching World Geography.

Story of Stuff Project

20 minute cartoon that takes you through the creation, selling, use and discarding of the stuff we use and its impact on people and the environment- Great video.

Tag Galaxy

This site will find photos on Flickr pertaining to a "tag." You enter a tag, and the related galaxy appears on screen. Each planet contains the pictures of a certain tag, and when you click on them, the images are placed on a 3D rotating globe.

Taking it Global

Welcome to the Global Engage website, which supports members of the IB community and others, and particularly teachers, in engaging with our global world. Here you will find information, resources, ideas and opinions, links, and suggestions for action concerned with global issues - and reports of actions taken by the IB community.

Teachers Without Borders- Millennium Development Goals- Teacher Ambassador Program

The Millennium Development Ambassadors (MDA) program is a face-to-face, online, and SMS-enabled program designed to inform teachers how to take local, practical steps to work towards the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Two FREE Open Courseware classes offered through MIT:

  1. WorkingGlobally
  2. Communicating Across Cultures

The Week Magazine

This 40-page weekly magazine covers all the best of the U.S. and international media, offering information from all sides, and it’s a great way to keep up-to-date on the biggest developments and stories around the world. The online version of the magazine is free!

UTexas Hemispheres

Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, offers a broad educational program to increase knowledge and understanding of Western Europe; Latin America; the Middle East; Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia; and South Asia.

Week in Rap

The Week in Rap is a weekly summary of world news headlines in the form of a short rap video-Very Cool.

World and I

Paid site for world news for kids.
International Magazine for all grade levels. Fee.


Worldmapper is a collection of maps and cartograms which re-size territories around the world according to statistics, demographics and other indicators. Many are available with animation or as PDF posters.

World Wise Schools

This program from the Peace Corps helps you find rich educational opportunities and cross-cultural lessons, stories, activities, videos and much more. You can even connect your classroom with a Peace Corps volunteer in another country!

US History

Docs Teach - Tools

Each activity-creation tool helps students develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians.


This “moving” map of the country, shows it from the beginning of the 13 states through the present. It includes the acquisitions from England and Spain, the Slave states, the Free states, a segment on the Civil war, it includes some mentions of Central and South America, etc. It also shows the Indian Nations as they were during the Indian Wars: Modac, Miwok, Mujave, Nez Perce, Flat Head, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Navajo, Apache, Dakota, Sioux, Kiowa, Wichita and Comanche.

STAAR Review: Constitutional Principales

Kahoot! is a refreshingly new take on quizzing. Combining game-based learning, ease-of-use and mobile technology, Kahoot! creates an enchanting social experience, leaving everyone totally gripped and absorbed in your content.


This site represents one of Washington, D.C.’s newest museums with a focus on news and media and especially interactive, online exhibits. It has activities for teachers, students and news analysis that ties current events into larger American and world history topics.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)

The USHMM offers a free three-day training every winter that offers free materials, lessons plans and intimate perspectives of the Holocaust featuring survivors. The USHMM will even pay for your substitute so that you can attend the conference. Interested teachers can also follow up with our local Dallas Holocaust Museum for more free workshops.

World History

Docs Teach - Tools

Each activity-creation tool helps students develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians.


This site represents one of Washington, D.C.’s newest museums with a focus on news and media and especially interactive, online exhibits. It has activities for teachers, students and news analysis that ties current events into larger American and world history topics.

This interactive site, powered by Google, allows the viewer to move through regions and time periods to visualize where and when conflicts arose. Just set the time period you wish to look through and the interactive map will compile the information with a red dot allocated to any particular conflict in the region you wish to view. This site brings pictures from a history book to life.


The Week Magazine

This 40-page weekly magazine covers all the best of the U.S. and international media, offering information from all sides, and it’s a great way to keep up-to-date on the biggest developments and stories around the world. The online version of the magazine is free!

Week in Rap

The Week in Rap is a weekly summary of world news headlines in the form of a short rap video-Very Cool.


The Economist

This companion website to the magazine is the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country special reports.

Foundation for Teaching Economics

The Foundation for Teaching Economics is an institution dedicated to promoting the importance of trade and an economic worldview. Activities and materials can be found on their website.

Global IQ w/ The Economist

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents Global I.Q. with The Economist, a monthly online audiocast that connects council members with journalists around the world to discuss the pressing issues of the day. All of the programs are archived in our media library so you can use them whenever it suits your classroom needs.

Micro Lending - Kiva

This site lets you control who gets your micro loan and even provides photos and descriptions of the project and its status. It’s a great way to introduce an educational class project that also helps out some of the world’s poorest people.

Freakonomics Study Guide

Although Freskonomics wasn’t written with an eye toward academia, it has been adopted into many college and high school curricula. To go along with all this academic activity, HarperCollins has commissioned a Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics Instructor’s Guide and Student’s Guide. These guides were written by S. Clayton Palmer, who teacher at Weber State University and Westminster College of Salt Lake, and J. Lon Carlson of Illinois State University. Because Palmer and Carlson both teach economics, their guides are most directly aimed at the discipline, but they should also work well in English, history, and math classrooms.

Teaching Strategies

How to include a global perspective through every school subject taught

Resources on how to add a global dimension to your school

Links for International Education resources

Teacher Resources - Global Games

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Against All Odds Game

Against All Odds game - UNHCR also helps refugees find lasting solutions. Voluntary repatriation, or return to their original homes, is what most refugees hope for, but this is not always possible. In those cases UNHCR helps people rebuild their lives elsewhere – either in the countries where they first sought asylum or in a third country willing to accept them for resettlement.

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Ayiti - Working with youth leaders, Global Kids and Gamelab developed Ayiti, a role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. Over the course of the game, players choose among and balance various goals, such as achieving education, making money, staying healthy, and maintaining happiness while encountering unexpected events.

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In Crisis of Nations

In Crisis of Nations, take the helm of your own country and work together with others to solve international problems! As the leader of your own country, you'll have to make tough choices about how to use military, espionage, and economic resources to serve both the best interests of your own country and the larger global community.

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Darfur is Dying

Darfur is Dying is a viral video game for change that provides a window into the experience of the 2.5 million refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan. Players must keep their refugee camp functioning in the face of possible attack by Janjaweed militias. Players can also learn more about the genocide in Darfur that has taken the lives of 400,000 people, and find ways to get involved to help stop this human rights and humanitarian crisis.

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Do - Pick your subject and start an eMission.

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Fast Car: Traveling Safely around the World

Fast Car: Traveling Safely around the World - Fast Car: Travelling Safely around the World is the game that provides information on existing preventive practices, treatment and care for HIV and AIDS. The player can race on circuits on five different continents and virtually visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It also presents images of sites and interesting facts about them as players race by.

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Food Force

Food Force - Work with your friends to deliver humanitarian aid across the globe and impact the real-world.

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Free Rice

Great website that quizzes students knowledge on capitals and country locations throughout the world (be sure to click on the “subject” tab to redirect from the English section). For every correct answer, students can feed hungry people around the world through the World Food Programme.

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Garbage Dreams

Garbage Dreams - The Zaballeen people of Cairo survive by collecting and recycling garbage. You must act as a member and build a recycling business. Can you be as eco-savvy?

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Geography Genius: Flags of the World

Geography Genius: Flags of the World - Learn more about the world as you guess countries based on flags, shapes, and statistics! Try your skill on one of three different difficulty levels!

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The Globaloria Program

The Globaloria Program helps young people become the makers of interactive games and simulations, for their own personal and professional development and for the social and economic benefit of their communities.

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The GRUB Teacher Toolkit

The GRUB Teacher Toolkit - New and exciting virtual classroom that looks at youth perspectives on food choices and food systems. The GRUB Teacher Toolkit features photographs and captions created by both rural and urban youth to encourage students to ask important questions about the food we eat, where it comes from, how we make our food choices, and how those choices affect our health.

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Half the Sky Movement

Half the Sky Movement - The Game is the first Facebook game with direct virtual to real-life translation; the tasks and issues portrayed in the game all have a real-world equivalent in donations and social action opportunities. Players will embark on a global journey which begins in India, and moves on to Kenya, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, ending in the U.S.

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ICED! I Can End Deportation

ICED! I Can End Deportation - This 3D downloadable game, teaches players about the nature of U.S immigration policy. Game players have to live the day-to-day life of an immigrant teen. The teens are constantly being chased by immigration officers, while making moral/consequential decisions and answering myth & fact quizzes about current immigration policies.

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MDG Matters

MDG Matters - Do you want to learn more about the MDGs in a fun way? Or do you think you already know everything there is to know about them? Then test your knowledge while playing our MDG Card Game!

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The Orange Revolution

The Orange Revolution grabbed the world's headlines in late 2004 and early 2005 as the results of the Ukrainian presidential election were contested by the leading candidates. Can you maintain order and peace, or will your decisions cause thousands of protestors to revolt?

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Peace Corps Challenge

Peace Corps Challenge - Einstein once said he spent 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. Solving challenges begins by getting the problem statements right...and then engaging remarkable people around the globe to solve them, using data and other resources.

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The Peace Doves

The Peace Doves - Several people and organizations have received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts concerning nuclear weapons disarmament. In this game your mission is to use the worldwide symbol of peace, the white dove, to disarm the world of nuclear weapons! You have eight " Peace Doves, each able to disarm one of the eight countries possessing nuclear weapons.

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Playing 4 Peace Challenge

Playing 4 Peace Challenge - The fifth AMD Impact Challenge is run by the youth leaders of the Global Kids Playing 4 Keeps Program and is all about ending war. War plagues many people on our planet. While it is a popular topic for television, movies, and video games, many media don't push us to think about why war really begins, the cost of it for everyday people, or real strategies for ending it. That's what this challenge is about - use the power of games to help game players understand war ... so that they can help end it.

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The Red Cross

The Red Cross three-time recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, protects and helps war victims worldwide and ensures that the rules of war are followed. How will you manage as a commander of a prisoners of war camp? Your mission as a camp commander in this game is to try to run a prisoners of war camp without violating the human rights.

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Stop Disasters

Stop Disasters - A disaster simulation game from the UN

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The Trade Ruler game

The Trade Ruler game is set in "the Hechscher-Ohlin world" you are to make an island (a country) prosper by trading. As a ruler of an island you want to engage in international trade to achieve this goal.

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Topography games are difficult, but fun!

Topography games are difficult, but fun! - Test your knowledge of topography here in one of our maps of the world games. Pinpoint the right country, city, state, river or mountain range on the map. Choose from maps of different parts of the world and improve your knowledge of them. Do you need an atlas, or can you do it by heart?

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Urgent Your mission is to practice your world-changing skills, right now, wherever you are.
Every Wednesday at midnight, a new mission unlocks.
Each mission has three objectives.
LEARN - Investigate our great challenges and share what you discover. ACT - Get out in the world. Do something small to help solve a real problem. IMAGINE - Unleash your creativity. Tell a story about the future you want to make.

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US government and civics

US government and civics 16 games about US government and civics

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World Without Oil

World Without Oil with lesson plans WORLD WITHOUT OIL is a serious game for the public good. WWO invited people from all walks of life to contribute “collective imagination” to confront a real-world issue: the risk our unbridled thirst for oil poses to our economy, climate and quality of life. We're no longer publishing links to in-game stories on the WWO site (unless they're really good). But everyone is welcome to sign up as a Netizen Hero and to participate in " WWO Lives," our ongoing blog about all matters WWO. We will definitely link to good in-game stories from the WWO Lives blog.

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