Online resources on spies, codes, and history
International Spy Museum:
Great for school visits if you are in the Washington D.C. area. Online resources include very extensive curriculum guides on how to integrate spy history into math, science, history, etc.—a great first stop to find ways to bring more excitement and interactivity to your classroom.
The NSA page for kids:
Information on what the NSA does, plus several codebreaking games and activities to do in the classroom.
The CIA Educators Page.
This page has a wealth of educator resources, from information on internet safety to lesson plans on the CIA, intelligence during war, and codes and codebreaking. Lesson plans go from upper elementary to middle and high school, depending on the topic.
The FBI Kids Page.
Split into K-5 and middle-school sections. Kids can learn about the FBI's history, how they investigate, safety tips and play games.
Online resources on Leonardo da Vinci
Exploring Leonardo (the Museum of Science, Boston)
This site breaks down Leonardo da Vinci’s life and works to a grade 4-8 level. There are classroom activities on da Vinci’s life and inventions—great to integrate into science, art, and history curriculum.
The Louvre online exhibits
A virtual tour of the Louvre, for those of us who can’t go to Paris. Not specifically for kids, so preview for content before classroom use.