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Educator Resources

Resources and materials are available to educators and youth club leaders for teaching youth the “stories behind the stamps” (history, social studies, literacy, mathematics, science, the arts, etc.) and for promoting an understanding of philately.


The Stamps Teach program of the American Philatelic Society provides information and resources to K – 12 educators in a wide variety of content areas. The goal of the Stamps Teach program is to develop and share standards-based learning activities that use philatelic artifacts as instructional tools. To encourage classroom teachers to begin a Postage Stamp Token Economy, the American Philatelic Society will provide classroom teachers with used postage stamps to help get them started. Check out this PDF for a full description of the program and our “How To”  guide on starting a Postage Stamp Token Economy in your classroom. To sign up for StampsTeach supplies please register for StampsTeach


Lesson Plans

Free downloadable lesson plans, preschool through high school, in a wide variety of content areas (English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, fine arts).

Grades 1-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

More FREE Lesson Plans are found on C3a - Online Learning under Videos & Resources and in the folder called Bridges- Activities For Sharing. Check them out!

C3a - Online Learning

C3a – Collecting and Connecting Central, is an on-demand, online learning tool containing videos, learning modules, and resources that cover a wide variety of topic and interest areas.

Symbols of America

Symbols of America as Told by Stamps is a 24-page informational text for use in grades 4 – 8. Read about the symbols and view the images found on postage stamps that provide a visual history of the people and events that shaped the United States.

Material Request

Tongs, magnifiers, hinges, and postally used stamps are available for teachers, club leaders and other educators to order at special prices. To request tongs, magnifiers, hinges, or postally used stamps click here.

Disclaimer:  We are currently limiting requests to only one box of postally used stamps per month, no matter the size.  Stamp boxes are meant to be used as educational resources/activities for clubs, community groups, or educational purposes.  These are not for personal collections or dealing.  

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