Distance Learning Resources

Online and low-tech educational resources to support Minnesota's teachers and students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Online Resources


Northern Lights Interactive eBook
NEW! Free access to the online sixth-grade curriculum. Available via web browser and iPad app.

NEW! Afternoon Tea with Primary Sources - Learning History at Home
Brief primary source video instruction for students grades 1-6.
Example Activity Plan

NEW! Spanish flu videos with author Kenneth C. Davis
Learn about the 1918 pandemic in four episodes and access supplemental resources and primary source activities.
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

MNHS Online Resources
Twenty tried and true digital content and skill-building resources, including:
Forests, Fields, and the Falls
Lumberjack Math
Education Resource Portal

MNHS YouTube Channel
Videos that bring history to life.
“Storied” series
“Collections Up Close” 
NEW! "MNHS Storytime" with MNHS Press children's book authors

Additional Resources
Social studies distance learning resources from other organizations.
Minnesota Council for Economic Education
New York Historical Society (History @ Home)

Low-Tech and No-Tech Activities


NEW! Primary v. Secondary Sources Activity
Students use objects in their home to examine the difference between primary and secondary sources.

NEW! Primary Source Analysis: Before and After Photo 
Historic photos inspire students to create a comic of what happened before and after the photo was taken.

NEW! Primary Source Analysis: How has school changed over time?
Compare school experiences past, present, and future.

NEW! Stories of Quarantine with Maud Hart Lovelace
Students are inspired by Maud's stories of her friend Bick's diphtheria quarantine in 1900 to create ways they can care for others during the COVID-19 outbreak and create a time capsule of their experience.


NEW! Primary Source Analysis: What is your story?
Collect objects to represent yourself then analyze someone else’s objects.

NEW! Primary Source Analysis: Suffrage Banner
Students analyze an existing suffrage banner and then make their own.

NEW! Primary Source Analysis: War Technology Comparison
Students compare World War I technology to today’s technology.

NEW! Primary Source Analysis: Post-World War I Soldier
Students examine primary sources to answer a question about life after World War I for some soldiers.

NEW! Primary Source Analysis: The Significance of the Census
Students analyze a historic census record and reflect on the significance of the information collected then and now.

All Ages

NEW! Make Your Own Museum
Students gather items in their homes and curate a museum exhibit.

NEW! Students as Primary Sources
Have your students journal for a week about what they notice around them.

NEW! Cooking the Collections
Students examine a historic recipe, cook it, taste it, and reflect on the experience.

Downloadable Activity & Coloring Pages

Virtual Support


NEW! Ask an MNHS Educator
Have a question about a resource? Need activity suggestions? We’re here to help!

NEW! Ask an MNHS Reference Librarian
Library services and MNHS librarians may be accessed via email or on the Gale Family Library Facebook Page.

MNHS History Education Facebook Page
Northern Lights Teacher Closed Facebook Group
HistoryEdMNHS Twitter Account

History at Home resource page Until we can welcome you back to our sites and museums, we invite you to continue to learn about history with us online. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Check back for additions to this page. Please contact Jessica Ellison if you know of materials and resources worth sharing.