Classroom Activities: The Treaty of Waitangi

February 1, 2019

The Treaty of Waitangi is considered the founding document of New Zealand. Every year, New Zealanders remember the signing of the Treaty by observing Waitangi Day on 6 February. But what was the reason behind the signing of the Treaty, what impact did it have on its parties and why… Read More

Tales, Tastes and Traditions: Celebrating Chinese New Year

January 31, 2019

Chinese New Year is a major holiday in China and for Chinese communities around the world. Often called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the celebration signifies the start of the new year according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. The 15-day celebration begins with the new moon and lasts until… Read More

Kaupapa Moana! Splash into Seaweek

Reconnect your students with the wonders of the sea and learn about its characteristics and inhabitants using some of these Britannica inspired activities. Seaweek is an annual celebration in New Zealand that recognises all things to do with the sea. Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 will take place from 2… Read More

Britannica Year in Numbers: 2018

December 12, 2018

2018 was a year of remarkable milestones for Britannica. We hit over 13 million article and media views across the region, delivered more than 700 training sessions, walked a total of 351 kilometers in one day and in our biggest story yet – we celebrated our 250th birthday. Here is… Read More

The Future Belongs to the Curious

Britannica launches Curiosity Day, in celebration of its 250th birthday, with a series of curiosity-sparking activities for classrooms, families, and lifelong learners. What kind of curious are you? Take the Britannica Curiosity Compass Quiz to discover your curiosity profile and how each profile navigates discovery differently. From the pages of… Read More

Classroom Activities: Christmas Countdown

November 28, 2018

Not really looking forward to watching The Nutcracker for the third consecutive year? Here are some other constructive activity ideas designed to help ease your students (and yourself) into the holiday season. Primary The following activities are created for primary or elementary school students. 1. Read the Britannica article Christmas.… Read More

Britannica Talks: Preparing Students for the Future

In a multi-part podcast series with Eduvate, the Britannica global teams share their thoughts on navigating the transition to digital learning and how best to future-proof students against the unpredictability of life after school in the digital age. Click to Tune In “The more knowledge that technology allows us to… Read More

Curious Creatures Quizzes: Take the Summer Reading Challenge to Win an iPad Mini!

November 15, 2018

There is nothing like a digital scavenger hunt to test your curiosity! Summer is peeking around the corner for those living south of the equator, but for the intrepid knowledge seekers of the world, the lazy beach weather is surely no reason to temper down your curiosity… To keep the… Read More

“Were YOU there then?”: Wartime Posters – ImageQuest

November 7, 2018

Propaganda: the spreading of information in order to influence public opinion and to manipulate other people’s beliefs. During World War I and II, in order to raise the levels of patriotism and support for the war effort, governments engaged in the dissemination of propaganda, such as posters, war bond rallies,… Read More

Leap into Life Cycles with Britannica School

November 5, 2018

Introduce young minds to the curiosities of life cycles using these cool Britannica ideas! Learning about life cycles not only illustrates the wonderful variety and remarkable features possessed by vertebrates and invertebrates, it is also an easily digestible starting point for young minds before they foray into related, more advanced… Read More

Classroom Activities: The Centenary of Armistice

November 11 is Remembrance Day, observed every year in many countries around the world in honour of the service men and women who have died in the line of duty. This year brings another layer of significance to the occasion – the Centenary of Armistice, marking one hundred years since… Read More

New Australian Additions to Britannica’s Database

October 11, 2018

Britannica editors have been very busy. Heeding the calls of our Australian educators, Britannica’s editorial team have made further additions to our expanding collection of locally-sourced articles and media* aligned to the Australian National or NSW and VIC State Curriculums. This update is one part of Britannica’s ongoing efforts to… Read More

ImageQuest, Meet imageBroker: 14,500 Ways to Explore the Wonders of the Middle East

Britannica ImageQuest—the academic image library that provides access to over 3 million rights-cleared images from a single trusted source—adds another 27,000+ images to its inventory. Close on the heels of an earlier update this year, ImageQuest’s database has been expanded yet again with a brand new collection of over 14,500… Read More

Zero in on Hunger for World Food Day

October 10, 2018

On October 16th the international community celebrates World Food Day, held by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This initiative is the second of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Use the following resources and activities to help your students critically engage with and… Read More

What are the Invictus Games?

The motto of the Invictus Games is “I AM”. It is inspired by the last two lines of William Ernest Henley’s poem “Invictus”, which has come to define the core purpose of the event: as a platform to celebrate unconquerable personal strength and achievement in the face of adversity. The… Read More

Australian Drought Resource Packs for Britannica Library

September 4, 2018

Last month, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported that nationally, Australia was experiencing the driest July since 2002. The ABC News website’s coverage states that “some are calling [this] the worst drought in living memory.” (“Full coverage: Australia’s drought crisis”, ABC News, last accessed 03 Sep 2018) With large parts… Read More

Teaching Drought with Britannica School

September 3, 2018

With large parts of Australia stricken by drought, help your primary and middle school students develop a contextual understanding of this trending topic using these inquiry based activities. Last month, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported that nationally, Australia was experiencing the driest July since 2002. The ABC News website’s… Read More

Through the Microscope – ImageQuest

July 24, 2018

How do microbiologists see the world? What does a butterfly wing look like magnified 200 times? What is a Confocal Microscope? Britannica ImageQuest throws a new perspective on the mundane with our microscopy collection. You can use these rights-cleared images for your lessons, educational projects or posters. Microscope image of… Read More

Classroom Activities: Solids, Liquids, Gases

Encourage your primary school students to think scientifically with this bite-sized introduction to the changing states of matter. The following lessons are designed for primary students at all reading levels and use resources from Britannica School and other online sources. Contact your library staff to see if your institution already… Read More

Britannica Resources now Feature Google Classroom and Google Sign-in

Life just got easier for Google users. Britannica’s institutional resources now integrate with Google classroom tools in a whole new way. Please contact us to enable these features for your institution. Google Classroom ImageQuest users have long had the ability to save files from ImageQuest directly to Google Drive. Now… Read More

Britannica Hands-on: Testing the Properties of “Oobleck”

July 23, 2018

Shake out the back-to-school lethargy in your students with this science activity guaranteed to bring down the (metaphorical) classroom roof. We would know, we tried it out ourselves. Watch: Oobleck (and the Britannica team) in Action! The Science behind Oobleck A seemingly innocuous mixture of cornstarch and water with an… Read More

Changing Seasons – ImageQuest

June 13, 2018

As the summer/winter solstice draws near, Britannica ImageQuest appreciates the changing cycle of seasons and its impact on our habitat and civilization. Use these rights-cleared images for your classroom, educational projects or posters. Thunder bolt during the onset of monsoon season in Kalimpong, India IMAGEQUEST: THOMAS WIEWANDT/VISUALS UNLIMITED, INC. /SCIENCE… Read More

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Britannica Library

June 12, 2018

Sunday July 8 to July 15 is NAIDOC Week, a national celebration in Australia of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year, NAIDOC Week honours the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make –… Read More

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Britannica School

June 8, 2018

Sunday July 8 to July 15 is NAIDOC Week, a national celebration in Australia of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year, NAIDOC Week honours the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make –… Read More

Classroom Activities: People in Sport

The countdown is over! As the world readies for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, engage your students in an in-context discussion about the ideas of athleticism, sportsmanship and heroes in sports. The following lessons are designed for primary students at all reading levels and use resources from Britannica School and… Read More

Who Writes the Britannica Articles?

May 15, 2018

We’re often asked… How does an article make its way from concept to publication?  Who actually writes the articles?  Why is Britannica so trusted? The following infographic explains it all through a behind-the-scenes look at our rigorous publishing process. Infographic – The Britannica Tradition of Quality Over the course of… Read More

Introducing Arterra Picture Library: 51,000-and-7 New Reasons to Love ImageQuest

May 14, 2018

Britannica ImageQuest — the academic image library that provides access to millions of rights-cleared images from a single trusted source — adds another 50,000+ images to its already massive inventory. We’ve added another round of new acquisitions to ImageQuest, bringing the site’s total count to 3,343,516 images and 63 collections… Read More

10 Inspiring Images for World Environment Day – ImageQuest

May 10, 2018

This year, World Environment Day is calling on the Education Community to inform and inspire young people to be at the heart of its celebrations. This June 5 is World Environment Day, the keystone day named by the UN to drive awareness of environmental issues and protection. This year, World… Read More

Classroom Activities: Our Solar System

May 7, 2018

How does the Earth orbit? Comparatively, how far is each planet from the Sun? Can you make a model of the Solar System and eat it too? Help your primary and secondary students probe the mysteries of our Solar System with these inquiry-based learning activities. Our Solar System: What else is out… Read More

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