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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.
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. This resource also includes a main idea and details chart. A fantastic resource!
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.
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.
Students discover the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers. In this 20th century conflict lesson, 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.
High schoolers 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. High schoolers create messages, using the Navajo words written in a "coded message", that may have been sent during World War II.
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.
Students investigate the Navajo code talkers contributions to World War II. They read and discuss a fact sheet, and create and decode secret messages using a Navajo code talkers' dictionary.
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. Young historians read letters written by WWII soldiers and analyze their sacrifice. Like most of the links in this resource, The History Channel link doesn't work (use link below). Consider creating a worksheet for the primary source analysis.
Learners 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.
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. As a group, examine the Navajo Code Talkers website, asking scholars to record a few interesting facts as you discuss this group. They discuss numeric patterns, solving a few together and then visiting a website where they see how to make a number grid cipher. Finally, they create their own code and challenge a classmate. The best part? Their code is one of the facts they learned earlier. All online resources are linked.
Students inquire about the Holocaust. In this Holocaust instructional activity, students read books and discuss their thoughts. Students also collect current event articles from newspapers. Students investigate ghettos, Pearl Harbor and Navajo Code Talkers.
Students examine the role of the Tuskegee Airmen and their impact on aviation. They also examine the treatment the Navajo Code Talkers received in combat.
Students work on cracking coin codes in honor of the Navajo Code Talkers Medal. Students review the handout on Crack the Code. Students race to see who can crack the code the fastest.
Students 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.
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. This resource provides great guidelines for how to specifically approach and review each suggested project topic.
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. They end the lesson by comparing the African-American experience to other minorities during the war.
Share a classic novel with your class using this resource. After reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, learners answer questions involving the narrator's point of view, make and confirm predictions, and sequence events in the story.
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."
Students incorporate different disciplines into this lesson. In this science lesson, students investigate the use of communicating without words, and how it is different than communicating with words. They discuss the pros and cons of each type of communication.

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