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Teachers are the heart of the History Fair, and we try our best to support you through this process. If you’re considering offering the project to your students, visit Why Do History Fair? All teachers will want to use History Fair Essentials for logistics related to the fairs. In Teaching History Fair, access our curriculum materials. Build content and pedagogical knowledge through Professional Development and other support opportunities in Connecting with Us.

Why do History Fair?

History Fair is a powerful tool that meets a variety of standards and educational approaches including the International Baccalaureate and the State Board of Education’s Inquiry-based Learning Standards. Watch the testimonial videos by fellow teachers as they share their positive experiences.

History Fair requires a fair amount of coordination on the teachers’ part to make the process go smoothly. Novice teachers will want to carefully review Getting Started FAQs to help make critical decisions about implementing the project in your school.

History Fair Essentials

Initial Actions

Contest Administration

  • Check the project allowances and register advancing projects here.
  • All students at the regional and metro fairs must submit a student authorization form with their project, or teachers may send them directly to the History Fair office. Now available in Spanish (click here).
  • Read and communicate event information for the contest.
    • Senior Suburban Regionals
    • Senior CITY Regionals
    • Senior Metro Finals
    • Junior Metro

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Teaching History Fair

Students Become Historians – A Step-by-Step Overview of the History Fair Inquiry Approach

Hooking the Student, Pre-assessment, and Field Trips

Topic Selection

Developing Questions

Notetaking and Citations

Research and Sources

Analyze and Connect

Thesis

Claims and Evidence

Project Category Guides

Evaluation

Connecting with Us

  • Check out our professional development programs. Throughout the year we offer boot camps for new History Fair teachers, multi-day methods courses and topic-based research workshops with librarians, archivists, and historians. An online tutorial is required for teachers who plan to offer the website category.
  • Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to arrange for us to speak to your students.
  • For information about the History Fair Partners Fee, click here.
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