Take your students on a 13.8 billion year journey
Ask the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life and humanity. Explore where we are going in the future and challenge your students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to get there.
The Big History Project: Free, Open and Online
What can a star tell us about the ways early humans lived? Or about our lives today? What happens when students incorporate chemistry, social sciences, biology, and other disciplines into their thinking about their lives and the future?
Thousands of middle school and high school teachers are teaching Big History. Register now to explore the course and find out why.
Incredible course, incredible outcomes.
Why teach Big History? Just ask our teachers...
Students have an instinct to think deeply and feel respected when presented with deep questions. The Big History Project facilitates independent, critical cross-disciplinary thinking, which is what the real world is all about. Our active class discussions and questions reflect this. Wow!— High school teacher, Brooklyn, NY
The curriculum melds multiple disciplines together in a very approachable way, enabling students to create astounding connections and igniting exciting discussions.— High school teacher, Novi, MI
Big History's captivating narrative engages students while challenging them to ask if they have enough proof to believe the story. This translates into better writing, stronger arguments, and a more rigorous, independent approach to their studies.— High school teacher, San Pedro, CA
What is Big History?
13.8 billion years of history told through engaging videos, animations, articles, and classroom activities targeting middle and high school students
- Flexible and adaptable — the course can be delivered over a full year or just a semester, depending on your school's needs.
- Everything is online — materials are up to date, always available, and easy to download and print.
- Easy to customize — use teacher-generated lessons or explore and create your own using a comprehensive library of custom designed content.
- Built to hit Common Core ELA standards — constructed to adhere to Common Core ELA standards, emphasizing inquiry, analysis, and argument over content knowledge.
- Integrates professional development — online instructional guides, detailed lesson plans, training sessions, and videos—available online, anytime anywhere. Plus monthly online sessions to go deeper on core topics.
What is Big History?
David Christian explains Big History and how it fits within a long-standing human tradition of telling origin stories
One Student of Big History
Bill Gates is providing program support to the Big History Project that includes preparing it for free, public access.
The Big History Project is not a for-profit program. Your engagement will exclusively benefit teachers and students around the world.
Teaching the course
It's easy to teach Big History — all you have to do is register, set up a class, and go!
Register to teach Big History
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Here are a couple of things you can do before you log in:
- Download the Site QuickStart Guide. It walks you through the key features of the site, including how to set up a class.
- Download the Teaching Guide. Learn about the key themes and topics of the course, and get hints on how to structure and deliver Big History.
Thank you for being a part of the Big History Project! Invite others to join! Big History is free and open to any educator, so spread the word. Educators are free to use individual pieces of content, or teach the whole course. Send an email to interested educators.