World War II Resources

One of my favorite units to teach about is World War II. I love showing how the US was able to enter the war and how the effects of the war are still very much present today. I love teaching with this World War II homefront stations lesson. With this fast 55 minute lesson kids are engaged in a variety of resources on the US homefront from rationing to women entering the workforce, to Japanese discrimination to African American enfranchisement. My kids ask for stations since the class period seems so different. They are engaged in primary sources, World War II posters, and videos on the homefront in one class day if you are teaching a survey course it is very helpful.

The World War II Escape Room will take students on a secret mission around the classroom! This escape room has students decode interesting facts about World War II. This is the perfect resource to introduce or review FDR, Pearl Harbor, Hitler and the Holocaust. The World War II Escape Room has students walking around the classroom breaking codes. Students are given a secret code name and sent on a secret mission to restore Anne Frank’s Diary. The codes include ciphers, Morse code, cryptograms and a final 4 digit code based on the decoders/clues.

These World War II sensory figures can be printed in black and white or color, and the set includes the seven most prominent leaders of World War 2. A sensory figure is a drawing of a historical, living, or fictional figure with first-person descriptions of what they might have thought, seen, heard, touched, said, felt, or otherwise experienced during their lifetime. Students “show what they know” about the figure by writing 1-2 sentence descriptions for their figure’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. After writing the descriptions, students connect them to the part of the body to which it most closely relates. For example, a feeling might be connected to the heart. The descriptions should be specific to the historical figure’s life, not generic statements that could apply to anyone. Students should be encouraged to address several topics in their descriptions instead of repeating information.

This World War II Documentary activity allows each student to become an expert on one topic from WWII. They create a 2 minute video clip with footage and voice-overs to explain the topic. All clips are then combined into one large documentary that covers World War II. In this resource, you receive the project sheet, participation and overall rubrics, suggested topic sheet, and research graphic organizer.

18+ ready-to use digital notebook pages on World War II are great for your World War 2 unit. Students learn about and analyze topics related to World War II such as leaders, the Allies and the Axis, and the Japanese internment camps

I am not a fan of military history so I teach the battles using this two page handout about the key turning points of WWII in a graphic organizer. Students can complete this with the internet or with a textbook. It is a nice review of a unit or reinforcement of key concepts.

Here are some wonderful resources that are free!!!







Civil War Resources

Whether it is called the Civil War, the War between the States, the War of the Rebellion, or the War for Southern Independence, the events of the years 1861–1865 were some of the most traumatic in the nation’s history.

Mission US has some interesting interactive games from different periods of history. This is the one related to the Civil War. I walked through it with some students once and they had lots of good questions at the end.

The Civil War Causes stations lesson is a perfect lesson to teach all the causes of the Civil war in one 50 minute class period. I have my students spend 6-8 minutes a station. There is also an extra two page homework assignment if they finish a station early. Stations lesson includes coloring, notes, cartoons, video, and primary documents.


The Battles of the Civil War Scavenger Hunt can be used as an introduction or review activity. You can use the Battles of the Civil War as task cards, a scavenger hunt or both. Students will learn about Civil War leaders like Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, George Meade and many others. The Scavenger Hunt is designed so that students must visit each of the ten Civil War Fact Cards at least two times! That means they have to read the small passage or skim for details twice! Students will use non-fiction social studies content to practice reading skills, improve fluency and reading comprehension. Also included are 10 ideas for how to use task cards! The possibilities are endless for this cross-curriculum activity! This engaging activity covers the following Battles of the Civil War: Fort Sumter, Bull Run, Ironclads, Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg and Spotsylvania.


Here are some wonderful resources for teaching about the Civi War: 

  • Here is a wonderful video on the Gettysburg Address. It’s short and right to the point. It is the perfect video for teaching about the Gettysburg Address.
  • NEH The American Civil War 
  • Civil War Music is a wonderful way to teach about the Civil War from the Library of Congress.
  • The Pen is mightier than the sword when using sketches in the classroom from the Library of Congress







Gender Socialization Lesson (2-3 Days)

This is a two or three day lesson on gender socialization. There is a youtube and Ted Talk video clip, articles on the internet, an in class websearch on a toy website with a graphic organizer/questions, and a show and tell project with a rubric included. The show and tell can be homework or classwork if you want this lesson to picture of gender socialization be three days or two.

This is a wonderful lesson to go include in your gender unit. My student’s are very engaged with this lesson. It was designed in Word and can be adapted for your classroom.

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Other Gender Lessons

⇒ Dating and Gender Websearch

⇒ Gender and Toy Project

⇒ Gender Test

⇒ Miss Representation Video Handout

⇒ The Mask You Live In Video Handout

⇒ Transgender Lesson (3-4 days)

⇒ Gender Music Analysis Project

⇒ Gender socialization Lesson (2-3 days)


More Sociology Curriculum:

⇒ Sociology Complete Course

⇒ Introduction to Sociology Unit

⇒ Social Stratification Unit

⇒ Race and Ethnicity Unit

⇒ Gender Unit

⇒ Socialization and Families Unit

⇒ Education Unit

⇒ Crime and Deviance Unit

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Budgeting Lesson

This is a one day 55 minute how to budget lesson. There is a 22 slide budgeting Power-point, Word handout for the notes, NPR audio clip, a

nd video urls on budgeting. There are a ton of videos, graphics, and scenarios on budgeting. There is also a NPR audio clip about people not having a $400 emergency fund. This lesson can be modified and adapted for your classroom or use the lesson as is.

Break a Norm Project

This is a two page project on breaking a norm for my crime and deviance unit. Students select a norm to break, break it, and then write response to norm break. There is a one page provided rubric to grade their responses. I typically spend one whole class period discussing their norm break and the purpose of norms after they break them. This is one of my student’s favorite

lessons all year! I tell them the norm has to be a norm break for them and that it must be school appropriate. I also send an email to staff and clear it with my administration before we break them. It was designed in Word and can be modified for your classroom.

Examples of Norm Breaks:
For example, one student wore socks all day instead of shoes,another cursed at a teacher and got thrown out of class (cleared ahead of time with the teacher), another non-athletic student wore running gear all day, another wore a prom dress to school, another student wore a bathing suit and towel all day, one went as a gothic student.

Impeachment Process Lesson

This is a two page web-search on the U.S. impeachment process. I have my students research the process in pairs and then they break into groups to research the impeachment process from either Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, or Bill Clinton. We then come together as a class and they teach each other about the president they did not research. There is a answer key included as well as readings from the internet if your students’s do not have access to a device. This lesson was designed in Word and can be modified for your classroom.

First Day United States History Activity

This is a 14 question activity for the first day of school on US history and pop culture topics. It’s a fun way to start the year to play a review game and see what they know. I do this even before we do a syllabus. I also share random facts about each question and ask kids questions to see what they know before we even start the course. I usually give candy out as prizes with it for the first activity we complete in my classroom on the first day of school.

Sociology Hashtag Final Project

This is a Sociology hashtag final project. Student’s select a hashtag that has created social change. They need to research and evaluate the hashtag and decide if it was a successful social movement. They need to create a survey and final online poster to present their research. There is a rubric provided to help you grade it as well as three sample student projects that were really well done. This took my student’s 5 class days to work on and four class days to present their findings to the class. Makes a great end of the semester or class project! It was designed in Word and can be modified for your class. 

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Gilded Age Test

This is four page Gilded Age test, which includes immigration, industrialization, and urbanization. There are 16 multiple choice questions, 12 matching vocabulary words and definitions, two primary documents with six short answer questions. It was designed in word and can be modified for your classroom. There is an answer key provided.

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Unit 4: Civil War and Reconstruction

Unit 5: Gilded Age Unit

Unit 6: Progressivism, Imperialism, and World War I Unit

Unit 7: 1920’s and Great Depression Unit

Unit 8: World War II and Cold War

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