World War II Teacher Resources
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Students explore contributions of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II, examine portrayals of women in World War II posters and newsreels, compare and contrast them with personal recollections of the WASPs, and demonstrate understanding of importance of WASP program, which enhanced careers for women in aviation.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions about World War II. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Students examine the conditions that brought forth Japanese internment camps. For this World War II lesson, students read Farewell to Manzanar and debate Japanese internment. They then write Haikus describing the camp in the novel.
Students examine the implication of civilian targets in war. In this World War II activity, students investigate the history of bombing practices in war. Students zero in on World War II bombing practices as they discuss precision and area bombing as well as atomic bombs. Students participate in a classroom activity that requires them to role play nations in attendance at a new Hague Convention.
Students discuss the role of women before, during, and after World War II. In this equality lesson, students plan how to make the workforce more equal among men and women after World War II. They research World War II and its effects on American people.
Hail the F�hrer! Learn about German support for Adolf Hitler before and during World War II. Actual letters expressing the viewpoints of the time are read. This is part two of a five part series.
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.
Students are introduced to the experiences of thousands of Hispanics during World War II. After watching an excerpt from "The War", they work together in groups to research more in depth their different experiences. They compare and contrast the Hispanic experience with other minority groups during the war.
Students examine Europe's role in World War II through a series of videos.
Fifth graders identify and define a Victory Garden. In this Victory Garden instructional activity, 5th graders design a poster to promote use of using personal gardens during World War II. Supplementary activities are also suggested.
Students examine primary source documents of letters sent home during World War II. They can identify the historical information in the documents or lead a discussion based on what they have read.
Roald Dahl’s classic World War II short story, “Beware of the Dog” is the focus of a close reading exercise that asks learners to respond to text-dependent questions with evidence drawn from the story. Participants record responses on the provided evidence chart and use these notes for the culminating analytic essay. Included in the packet are teacher instructions, questions template, the writing prompt, and sample essays. The richly detailed plan deserves a place in your curriculum library.
Seventh graders discover who the Tejanas were and how they contributed to World War II. In this World War II lesson plan, 7th graders listen to their instructor discuss who the Tejanas were prior to researching the contributions of three of the women to the war. Students write essays that compare the women's experiences in the war.
Students examine World War II through the use of literature. As a class, they brainstorm a list of words they relate to the war itself. In groups, they read various novels and view photographs showing the experiences of the Jews, British, Japanese and Germans throughout the war. They compare and contrast the various experiences to end the lesson.
High schoolers examine primary and secondary documents about life on the homefront during World War II. For this World War II lesson, students research the conditions of daily life in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany during the war. High schoolers write fictional pieces from the perspectives of citizens during the war.
Fifth graders examine primary sources to explore the events leading to World War II. In this World War II lesson, 5th graders develop questions and research answers from information found in primary documents. Students view a video clip and complete a worksheet related to World War II events.
Eleventh graders use the internet to read primary source documents from the World War II era. In groups, they research the role of the USO during this time period and watch a recent film. They role play different roles in the USO and write journal entries from the point of view of someone who worked in the USO itself. To end the lesson, they develop proper interview questions to ask someone who did this work and share their responses with the class.
Seventh graders discover what the war on the homefront looked like. In this World War II lesson, 7th graders analyze World War II posters to determine how the public was involved in the war effort during World War II. Students discuss their impressions.
Compare and contrast World War II to the Iraqi war with this activity. After watching a film, they use supporting evidence to support their point of view of the conflicts. Using the internet, they create a presentation to share with the class what information they have gathered from examining World War II.
Young scholars complete a web-quest into a day in the life of a World War II soldier. In this webquest lesson, students investigate what life was like for soldiers on the front lines during the second World War. They use note taking skills while visiting teacher assigned web sites before sharing what they learned about the topic.