Learning Materials

The Learning Materials include a wide range of activities, exercises, and study guides that make learning fun. All study guides and activities are aligned with curriculum guidelines. The following subject areas are covered:



Language Arts



Social Studies





Functions and Algebra


Numbers and  Operations


Earth and Space

Life Sciences

Physical Sciences

U.S. Government

U.S. History

World History



American Literature

English Literature

Literary Genres








Earth and Space


U.S. Government

U.S. History

World History



To utilize the Learning Materials, the following additional software programs are required. These programs are generally included with your browser, or can be downloaded for free from the Internet.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Macromedia Flash Player

Macromedia Shockwave Player


To use the Learning Materials:

1. Click the Learning Materials link at the top of any page.

NOTE: Age-appropriate Learning Materials appear in the different libraries.

2. Select one of the four subject areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.

3. Find a topic within a subject area. For example, Science includes topics such as Biology and Chemistry.

4. Click a link to open an exercise, interactive lesson, or study guide.

5. Read the instructions for the activity or exercise carefully before beginning.


Types of Learning Materials

Britannica offers many types of Learning Materials to meet different needs.


Interactive Lessons

High School, Middle School, Elementary School

Interactive Lessons covering reading, basic math skills, and topics in science make learning more interactive. They can be used to present new information and reinforce lessons taught in the classroom. After viewing a multimedia presentation, students can respond to questions or complete other activities to demonstrate their knowledge.

In addition, the Interactive Lessons include components that can be printed and completed away from the computer. Teachers may want to assign these activities to students as classroom activities or special projects.


Encyclopedia Activities

High School, Middle School, Elementary School

By using Encyclopedia Activities, students will learn about history and government as they practice using the encyclopedia as a research tool. The activities are provided as PDFs, which makes them easy to print and distribute to students. Each activity requires students to read one or more articles from Compton's by Britannica or Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia and complete a series of questions, matching exercises, or other activities. An excellent supplement to other classroom materials, students may complete the activities individually or in small groups.



Middle School, Elementary School

Learning is more enjoyable with interactive exercises for grades K-5 covering language arts, mathematics, and science. The exercises have been carefully developed to coincide with educational objectives, and are best used to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom. Students can work independently to complete the exercises, giving them valuable extra practice in basic skills. Topics include: basic mathematical functions, fractions and decimals, grammar, reading comprehension, and introductory concepts in earth, life, and physical sciences.



High School, Middle School, Elementary School

An innovative way to strengthen students' understanding of mathematics, manipulatives use the power of a computer to illustrate mathematical relationships and applications. These virtual learning environments require active student involvement. Teachers may want to use these to demonstrate different mathematical concepts in the classroom. Student may also work independently with the manipulatives to expand and reinforce their abilities.


Study Guides

High School, Middle School

Britannica's study guides are designed to supplement school instruction. The instructional material is intended to strengthen a student's understanding of the major concepts and ideas related to a topic.

The study guides enable revision and practice, and provide an extension of classroom learning. The carefully designed activities test knowledge and understanding of what has been taught in the study guide panels. The additional Web links and resources further enhance and stimulate learning and motivation.


Web Site Activities

High School, Middle School, Elementary School

Students will learn to use the Internet as a research tool with these guided Web Site Activities that cover topics in language arts, science, and social studies. They are provided as PDFs, making them easy to print and distribute to students. While every teacher will have his or her own approach to using the activities, it will be helpful for the teacher to introduce the topic, providing any background information the student might need.

Students can work independently at the computer, following the activity and using the Internet as instructed -- either on their own or in small groups, depending on the scope of the activity and the availability of Internet access. Upon completion of the tasks set out in the activity, discussions during which students can share and compare the information they found can be helpful. This is especially true of the longer, more in-depth activities, which ask students to prepare a presentation with the information they've collected.