Lesson Plans & Activities

The Museum provides FREE classroom lessons, resources, and activities that support traditional curriculum. Ranging in subjects, lesson plans include primary documents and step-by-step instructions for implementing activities in your classroom.

ACTIVITIES

Disguise for Cover

Sometimes intelligence officers and their agents need to operate in public places without being recognized. In disguise, they can move freely.

Invisible Ink

Learn how to make eight different formulas for creating invisible ink and don't forget to do the Secret Message Egg Challenge on the back.

Design A Spy Gadget

It's your turn to be a Spy Scientist. Decide what type of gadget will be the next best gadget to be used by spies today and in the future. Your entry will be judged by real former spies and if selected as the winner, you will receive a pair of night vision goggles! Email your entry to jeyl@spymuseum.org.

Crack A Top Secret Code

As long as there have been secrets there have been codes -- they are a spy's best friend or worst enemy. Do you have what it takes to become a code master? Try your hand at cracking this top secret message.

Mind Memory Activity

In the shadowy world of spying, having a good memory is extremely important. A spy cannot always take notes. Memorizing mission details and important intelligence is critical to your success. Recruits, test your memory skills and see if you have what it takes.

Recommended Reading List

Calling all recruits! Peek into the world of espionage with our favorite books. This curated list from the Spy Museum's book buyer and education team features quarantined-approved reads for the wanna-be spy!

Q's Gadget Lab: Maker Projects

You can create your own spy missions at home with these downloadable worksheets.

LESSON PLANS

9/11: THE INTELLIGENCE ANGLE

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the International Spy Museum has created these lesson plans and activities to support student understanding of the role that intelligence played leading up to, during, and following the events of that day.

FROM BALLROOM TO BATTLEFIELD

From codes and ciphers to using music as a deception, this 138-page educator guide offers teachers a practical way to introduce the “secret history” of the Civil War to their students. It is filled with lesson plans and resources to view this integral moment in history through the lens of intelligence.

MINUTE BY MINUTE: CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

Enliven your teaching of the Cold War with a newly published case-based simulation in which students play the role of intelligence analysts at the CIA in 1962. By examining declassified intelligence documents and U-2 photographs at various stages of the Cuban Missile Crisis, students “live” the crisis rather than only read about it.

THE ENEMY WITHIN

The Enemy Within: Terror in America—1776 to Today traveling exhibition offers teachers and students an unprecedented perspective on terror in American history. The companion Educator Guide to the exhibit provides educators with a tool to examine the history of terrorism in America and its past, present, and future implications.

Virtual Field Trips

FIELD TRIPS

You don’t have to leave your classroom or home in order to experience SPY’s unique and engaging workshops. Using interactive videoconferencing technology, SPY can connect with schools or groups across the world!