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New Review Reemergence of the “Vanishing Americans” ‐ Native Americans and World War II
Discover the many contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans during World War II. After gaining background information through a detailed PowerPoint presentation and guided notes, your young historians will participate in a jigsaw reading activity on such topics as Navajo code talkers and discrimination against Native Americans during the war.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Navajo Code Talkers
What a fascinating topic to explore with your class! This lesson focuses on the contributions of the Navajo people during World War II. Learners read the book Navajo Code Talkers by Andrew Santella, answer a series of comprehension questions about the text, and write a letter as a follow-up activity.
4th - 8th Language Arts 32 Views 164 Downloads
Navajo Code Talkers
Navajo Code Talkers can be used as a class reading project. If you are thinking of reading this book with your class, you may want to consider using these worksheets. They are designed to help with character analysis, reader response, and prediction.
4th - 6th Language Arts 32 Views 183 Downloads
20th-Century Warfare: Unique Contributions of American Indians
Students discover the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers. In this 20th century conflict activity, students watch a video about the contributions of Native Americans to the World Wars I and II as well as Vietnam. Students also use Navajo Code Dictionaries to create and decode their own messages.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 27 Downloads
Navajo Code Talkers
Students research information about Navajo Code Talkers on the internet to explain their significance in World War II. Students access dictionary of words used in the secret code. Students create messages, using the Navajo words written in a "coded message", that may have been sent during World War II.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 33 Downloads
Navajo Code Talkers
Learners investigate the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in World War II. They complete a Webquest, explore various websites, encode a short message, analyze maps, answer discussion questions, and read newspaper articles about secure communications.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History 20 Views 57 Downloads
The American Soldiers of WWII
Personal letters give authenticity to a study of the WWII American soldiers' experience. Through primary source analysis, historians examine soldiers' roles and unique contributions by groups like the Tuskegee Airmen. A pre-test is linked in the top image.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 7 Views 36 Downloads
Can You Crack the Code?
The Navajo Code Talkers played an impressive role during WWII; young cryptologists research this group and practice some decoding skills of their own. Hook kids by playing the clip from National Treasure (about three minutes long), and explain that this isn't a skill only for the movies.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 33 Downloads
Students solve addition and subtraction problems and decipher and write messages using a code. They read and discuss an informational fact sheet about the Navajo code talkers from World War II, and decode and re-code messages using math problems.
2nd - 3rd Math 38 Views 172 Downloads
Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
Eighth graders assess different ways that significant individuals and events influenced economic, social and political systems in the United States after 1880. They experience a Navajo code talker's dictionary to create and decode messages.
8th Social Studies & History 13 Views 38 Downloads
WWII Project Outline
Work together as a class and get to know the ins and outs of World War II with this engaging collaborative project. Class members are broken into groups to research particular war topics, from life on the home front to the Holocaust and the Manhattan Project, and to then demonstrate their research in a creative way.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 13 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Ideas to Enrich Student Inquiry into the Holocaust
Students inquire about the Holocaust. In this Holocaust lesson, students read books and discuss their thoughts. Students also collect current event articles from newspapers. Students investigate ghettos, Pearl Harbor and Navajo Code Talkers.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 3 Views 17 Downloads
African Americans in World War II: Staging a Double V Campaign in the Classroom
The feelings and attitudes of African-Americans during World War II are examined by high schoolers. After watching various clips from "The War," they answer comprehension questions for each section. In groups, they create their own Double V campaign to promote equal rights.
9th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 127 Downloads
The Jacket: Journal Templates Teacher's Guide
Explore this story involving prejudice and racism to enhance learners' comprehension skills. The story The Jacket by Andrew Clements involves an African American boy who is falsely accused of stealing someone's jacket. This teacher's guide supports use of the journal templates (for literature circles or for individual work) that you can find when you search Lesson Planet resources for "The Jacket: Journal Templates.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 25 Views 405 Downloads
Navajo Codes In World War II
Learners investigate how the Navajo Indians used codes to communicate in using algebraic concepts like matrices, inverse matrices, and matrix multiplication. They also research how the US used the coded language of the Navajo to fool the Japanese during World War II.
7th - 12th Math 13 Views 50 Downloads
How the Allies Won World War II: Island-hopping in the Central Pacific
Using primary source documents, young historians explore the strategies the US used to defeat Japan during WWII. They also learn about the American military experience, and innovations that changed the style of warfare. Students benefit from a graphic organizer, lecture, group work, discussion, and writing.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 28 Views 33 Downloads