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When students of all ages contribute to Wikimedia projects as part of their learning, they gain significant 21st century skills .

Lesson plans

In this section you can find a variety of activities for children ages 5 and up that incorporate Wikimedia projects into their remote learning experience. These activities are presented in the form of lessons plans that are easy to follow and can be integrated into different curricular plans. We encourage you to adapt and localize these activities to fit particular learning objectives, resource availability, and cultural contexts. You're completely free to translate, remix, and share these lesson plans widely. This resource bank is constantly growing, check back for more ideas in a few weeks. How is your experience using these lesson plans? Share your story with us through our social media channels!


Click on the name of the activity to find the full lesson plan:

Order Activity Wikimedia Project Age range Learning Objective Resources needed
1 Our work of art Wikimedia Commons 5+ Learners associate previous knowledge of planet Earth with the pictures they find on the Wiki Loves Earth archive and create an art piece of their favorite photograph. Art supplies, computer, internet access
2 I bet you can't find... Wikipedia 9+ Learners identify sources of information they can find on the web and choose relevant information on Wikipedia to solve a query. Computer, internet access, worksheet or notebook
3 Who's in your textbook? Wikipedia 11+ Learners explore Wikipedia to create a profile about a notable person not represented in their textbook. School textbook, computer, internet access, worksheet or notebook
4 My family recipe Wikibooks, Wikimedia Commons 12+ Learners document a local family recipe on Wikibooks and Wikimedia Commons. Computer, internet access, camera or smartphone, cooking ingredients, notebook
5 Who said that? Wikipedia 15+ Learners identify sources of information of stated facts on a Wikipedia article and reflect on what makes an article reliable. Computer, internet access, worksheet or notebook
6 Creating “Thank you” cards for our community members Wikiquote, Wikimedia Commons 7+ Learners use Wikiquote and Wikimedia Commons to create “Thank you” cards for local workers during the COVID-19 crisis (or other challenging times). Computer, internet access, art supplies or photo editing software and printer

Let's be scriptwriters!

Wikibooks, Wikimedia Commons 11+ Learners create scripts for new scenes or plotlines for their favorite movie/film. Learners use Wikipedia to recall previous knowledge and discover Wikibooks. Computer, internet access, notebook

Planning my dream holiday!

Wikipedia, Wikivoyage 13+ Learners contrast the information they find on Wikipedia and Wikivoyage about their dream destination, and decide on relevant information needed to plan a holiday. Computer, internet access, notebook.

Only five clicks away

Wikipedia 11+ Learners navigate hyperlinks on Wikipedia articles through five clicks as a model to discover new information on the internet. Computer or cellphone, internet access, notebook

Four stars for Wikipedia!

Wikipedia 13+ Learners examine Wikipedia articles and rank their quality based on a simple star grading system. Computer or cellphone, internet access, notebook

Share your ideas


Have you led any other activities that engage your students with the Wikimedia projects? Share them by completing the form below! We’ll feature them in our resources bank and social media accounts so more people can find and use them. Alternatively, you can use the templates provided and upload your lesson to the corresponding category on Wikimedia Commons. Feel free to translate the template and share resources in languages other than English. We look forward to learning from you!

#EduWiki challenge

The #EduWiki challenges are a set of activities that engage guardians and students to use Wikipedia and its sister projects for educational purposes. You can find these challenges on our social media channels every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Have you tried one? Share your experience with us using the hashtag #EduWiki on your social media channel of choice.

Challenge 1

Our first #EduWiki challenge! Put some joking aside on this April Fool's Day and let's learn more about this fun holiday together on @wikipedia

Challenge 2

Have you used @wikisource before? Here's a chance to explore one of many @Wikipedia's sister projects.

Challenge 3

Need an art activity for your child or student? Do you know students who are really into photo editing? Make a list of random words and challenge them to find related pictures on @WikiCommons (2) The authors have shared them under a variety of open licenses for us to use! Ask your students to remix the photos they find into a new picture using their photo editing software of choice. #EduWiki #remotelearning

Challenge 4

Lessons cancelled? Stuck at home? Want to do something that helps the world learn? Take today’s #EduWiki challenge: go to the Wikipedia Adventure, complete the missions, and learn how to edit in under an hour!

Challenge 5

Have you ever played the "I Spy" game? How about playing it with young learners at home and contribute to improving structured data on Wikimedia Commons? (2)Use the ISA tool to join (or create!) a campaign, and with the help of your students, label the elements depicted in the pictures. See what’s the highest score you can get! #EduWiki

Challenge 6

Are you looking for more inspiration or new ways to contribute to Wikipedia? Do you speak 2 or more languages proficiently? Try today's #EduWiki challenge and tell us how it went! #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 7

Today's #EduWiki challenge takes everybody on a trip around the world! If you're a teacher or guardian looking for an art activity, take advantage of these award winning photographs! #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 8

LHave you visited Wikipedia's sister project Wikimedia Commons? It holds all the photos used in Wikimedia projects! Did you know you can contribute with your own photographic work there too? Take today's #EduWiki challenge to get started! #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 9

Any foodies among your students? Today's #EduWiki challenge is a chance for them to learn about new cuisines with the help of Cookbook section of Wikibooks! #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 10

We all love references, Don’t we? How about asking your student to use their research skills and a Wikimedia tool to add new references to @Wikipedia articles? In today's #EduWiki challenge let us know how many references you have added to Wikipedia articles. #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 11

Do you come across misinformation while reading resources on COVID-19? In today's #EduWiki challenge let your students read this article and identify the most common misinformation trends around COVID-19. Share with us know what they learned and the graphic resources they created!

Challenge 12

Happy Monday! Today we want to reflect back on Earth Day! See what new information you xn find on Wikipedia about this holiday. Bonus point: Do you have pictures of activities that you took part in during this Earth Day? Share them on Wikimedia Commons! #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 13

Today's #EduWiki challenge is a chance to explore one of Wikipedia's sister projects: Wikispecies! Come along! #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 14

How are different holidays celebrated around the world? Let's explore Wikipedia to find out! For today's #EduWiki challenge we're focusing on International Worker's Day #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 15

@Wikipedia is built by anyone who wants to engage in open knowledge and education so for today's #EduWiki challenge we're calling all teachers! How can we work together towards #openeducation? #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 16

Make the most of your smartphone while sharing free knowledge with the world! Today's #EduWiki challenge shows you a new way to share what Wikipedia has to offer through our trusted portable devices. Start here: #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 17

For today's #EduWiki challenge, we invite you to explore @Wikipedia's sister project: @Wikiquote! What can you find there? How can you use it to engage in some reflections with your students? Check out the challenge and let us know how it goes! #remotelearning #LearningNeverStops

Challenge 18

Wikimedia Commons is full of photographic treasures! Have you explored it with your students before? Today's #EduWiki challenge is your chance! #LearnAtHome #LearningNeverStops #COVID19 #EduWiki #OER

Challenge 19

What makes a good travel article or travel guide? The community of editors at Wikivoyage have one tip: "Don't use weasel words, clichés and puffery". But what do they mean by this exactly? Check out today's #EduWiki challenge to find out! #LearnAtHome #LearningNeverStops #COVID19 #EduWiki #OER

Challenge 20

Are you a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and epic adventures? Then today's #EduWiki challenge is for you! Take a trip to extraordinary worlds through Wikipedia. #LearnAtHome #LearningNeverStops #COVID19 #EduWiki #OER

Challenge 21

👩🏾‍🦱👩🏼👵🏼👩🏼‍🦰 Take today's #EduWiki challenges and help us make the web a more equal place! With the WikiGapfinder you can easily find which articles about notable women are missing in different languages. Have you tried it before? Give it a go! #LearnAtHome #LearningNeverStops #COVID19 #EduWiki #OER

Challenge 22

Cakes, flowers, songs, hugs! How do people around the world celebrate their birthdays? Take today's #EduWiki challenge with your students to see what they can discover! #LearnAtHome #LearningNeverStops #COVID19 #EduWiki #OER

Challenge 23

🏆 What's the hardest board game you have ever played? In today's #EduWiki challenge we invite you to learn more about the game "Go"! #LearnAtHome #LearningNeverStops #COVID19 #EduWiki #OER

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