Free Black History Homeschool Curriculum Resources

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There comes a time when you need to spice up your lesson plans or add to your homeschool curriculum or studies. Purchasing lessons, printables, activities and curricula can get expensive, especially if you’re homeschooling and buy all learning tools on your own. (Not to mention, the search for them online can get exhausting!)

But, don’t worry! We’ve put together a great list of free resources and lessons from places that you’ve probably never even considered.



Free Lesson Plans and Curriculum Ideas for Homeschoolers

1. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

The J. Paul Getty Museum website has an amazing “Resources for the Classroom” section. There are complete lesson plans including art (obviously), science, history, ESL, women and so much more.

The downloads are free, but there are links to resources you can purchase in the online store to enhance the learning.

2. Library of Congress

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

The Library of Congress has a great selection of teacher, classroom and student lessons, eBooks and information on a variety of topics related to historical happenings in the United States. You can also sort the information by Common Core standards, state regulations and by organizations.

3. Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Ages: Mainly 5th Grade – High School

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provides historical information by eras and by categories. Examples of themes include African American History, Native American History, Economics, Film, Government, Women’s History, Religion and so much more.

Not all areas have lesson plans, but look in the sidebar menu for “Teacher’s Resources” (like in this example for World War II).

The site is free, but you do need to register as an educator, student, or school. You can have access to the site while you are being approved. (NOTE: I just registered as a homeschooler and I immediately received a login email. I’m not sure there is an approval process beyond registering.)

4. Kids.gov

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

Kids.gov has information and resources on just about any topic that you can think of or need. Seriously. There are plans, printables, worksheets and activities to access or download.

5. Federal Registry for Educational Excellence

Ages: Kindergaren – High School

The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence was a website from the federal government that listed 2,000 learning resources and new sites were added regularly.The portal was retired in 2015, but still has some pages available.

6. National Park Service

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

Who would’ve thought you can find lesson plans from the National Park Service, right? However, they have amazing lesson plans and information called “Teaching with Historic Places” that is centered around teaching about history, events and people from the standpoint of the location. Pretty cool!

7. ScienceNetLinks

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

ScienceNetLinks.com has a ton of resources for Science-based learning–anatomy, environment, math, chemistry, engineering, technology and so much more. There are even lessons on science-based careers.

8. National Gallery of Art

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

From the National Gallery of Art, each lesson plan focuses on one piece of art. Lesson plans can cover shape, form, texture, color and more. Great art additions for learning!

9. Smithsonian Heritage Resources

Ages: Kindergarten – High School

From the Smithsonian Institute, you have access to a wealth of information on heritage and background–black history, women’s history, asian pacific heritage, native american heritage, hispanic heritage. It’s another portal that I felt like I could get lost in (in a totally good way). Once you access a heritage area, you gain access to lists and lists of additional information from other Smithsonian sites.

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