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Take an in-depth look at the historical events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in this 69-slide PowerPoint. Photos, facts, and transcripts are outlined in this presentation in order to answer the stated essential question in slide 2: "What were Harry Truman's motivations for using the Atomic Bomb against Japan in World War II?" Note: This extensive slideshow will require at least an hour to get through with lecture and discussion.
Fifth graders access prior knowledge of the events of World War II to compare to The Butter Battle Book. In this war lesson, 5th graders research elements of the war and compare them to the inventive descriptions of Dr. Seuss. Each student writes an ending using their invention to the Dr. Seuss book.
Students read a variety of letters from soliders who were on the front lines during World War II. After viewing an excerpt from "The War", they answer discussion and comprehension questions based on the letters and video. To end the lesson, they pretend they are a solider during the war and write a letter home to their families.
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.
Students respect and appreciate the challenges people faced during World War II. They develop the different perspectives on race during WWII. Students develop that the nation's actions may not exemplify a nation's stated ideals. Students focus on the historical interpretation and the change over time.
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. Ultimately, individuals must write an essay that incorporates primary source information.
Students discover the role of technology in 20th century conflicts. In this technological advancement activity, students research how World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the War in Iraq were fought. Students compose essays that highlight the tools and technology used in the conflicts.
Students examine World War II through the eyes of local journalists such as Al McIntosh. As a class, they discuss how stories about the war affects the public back at home. In groups, they compare and contrast how newspapers reported the news from the Civil War and World War II. They watch excerpts of "The War" and write their own editorials.