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. http://www.mission-us.org/pages/landing-mission-2

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Gilded-Age-Test-3826983

More Curriculum:
U.S. History Complete Course

Unit 1: Colonial, Revolution, Articles, and Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 2: Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 3: First President’s and Expansion Unit

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

Unit 9: Recent US History

Final Exam Review

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Kennedy Administration Station lesson

This is a complete 50 minute station lesson on the Kennedy administration.This lesson is broken into six stations to teach about the Kennedy administration. I give them 8 minutes a station for a 50 minute period. There is a handout is provided that students complete at each station. This lesson is really well organized and designed in Word. It can be adapted to fit your classroom. It is a simple print and use lesson that requires no adaption unless you want to.

What’s included:
-Station 1: President Kennedy and the New Frontier
-Station 2: President Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs Invasion
-Station 3: The Berlin Wall
-Station 4: The Peace Corps
-Station 5: Video url to YouTube and questions on the Berlin Wall
-Station 6: Political Cartoon on the Cold War

Find the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/President-Kennedy-Stations-Lesson-3823161

If you like this lesson you may also like:
Articles of Confederation Stations Lesson

Constitution Stations Lesson

Congress Stations Lesson

George Washington Presidency Stations Lesson

Causes of the Civil War Stations Lesson

Imperialism Stations Lesson

U.S. During World War I Stations Lesson

1920’s Stations Lesson

World War II Homefront Stations Lesson

Kennedy Administration Stations Lesson

Vietnam War Stations Lesson

Stock Market Stations Lesson

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More Curriculum:
U.S. History Complete Course

Unit 1: Colonial, Revolution, Articles, and Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 2: Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 3: First President’s and Expansion Unit

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

Unit 9: Recent US History

Final Exam Review

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War of 1812 Reading and Questions

This is a simple one page handout on the War of 1812 with two primary documents on the war. There are three questions for students to answer on the war. It is a PDF and can not be edited.

Find lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/War-of-1812-Reading-and-Questions-3826921

More Curriculum:
U.S. History Complete Course

Unit 1: Colonial, Revolution, Articles, and Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 2: Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 3: First President’s and Expansion Unit

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

Unit 9: Recent US History

Final Exam Review

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Three Branches Tic- Tac- Toe Project (3 days)

This is a three day lesson on the three branches of U.S. government. It was designed in word and power-point and can be adapted to your classroom.

Day 1: 8 slide power-point and handout on three branches and a drawing activity on the three branches
Day 2 and 3: Students get to pick from a Tic-Tac-Toe board which project options they will complete.

See the lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Three-Branch-Tic-Tac-Toe-Project-610893
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More Curriculum:
U.S. History Complete Course

Unit 1: Colonial, Revolution, Articles, and Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 2: Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 3: First President’s and Expansion Unit

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

Unit 9: Recent US History

Final Exam Review

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Electoral College Stations Lesson

This is a complete 55 minute station lesson on the Electoral College. There is a handout provided that each student carries with them to each station. Each station is clearly laid out that adds to the overall lesson.

The handout is also provided that students complete at each station. This lesson is designed in word and can be adapted to fit your classroom. This is a print and use stations lesson! No need to modify unless you want to 🙂

Stations
Station 1: Notes with powerrpoint 
Station 2: Map coloring the blue and red states with the most recent election using 270 to win website
Station 3: Video from Youtube and questions on the video
Station 4: Reading and Questions on the Electoral College
Station 5: Three Political Cartoons and Questions

Click here for the lesson: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Electoral-College-Stations-Lesson-3834711

If you like this lesson you may also like:
Articles of Confederation Stations Lesson

Constitution Stations Lesson

Electoral College Stations Lesson

Congress Stations Lesson

George Washington Presidency Stations Lesson

Causes of the Civil War Stations Lesson

Imperialism Stations Lesson

U.S. During World War I Stations Lesson

1920’s Stations Lesson

World War II Homefront Stations Lesson

Kennedy Administration Stations Lesson

Vietnam War Stations Lesson

Stock Market Stations Lesson
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AP Government and Politics Complete Course
Constitutional Underpinnings
Political Beliefs, Behaviors, and Culture
Political Parties and Electoral Practices
The Legislative Branch and the Congress
The Executive Branch and the Presidency
The Bureaucracy Unit
The Judicial Branch Unit
The Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Unit
Exam Review
Course Exams

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Three Branches Test and Review

This is a folder with two versions of the three branches test, teacher key, review power-point, and review sheet. This was designed in Word and Power-point and can be adapted to your classroom.

Each test includes: 16 multiple choice questions, 10 bill of rights matching, and 8 vocabulary matching section.

More Curriculum:
U.S. History Complete Course

Unit 1: Colonial, Revolution, Articles, and Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 2: Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 3: First President’s and Expansion Unit

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

Unit 9: Recent US History

Final Exam Review

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Causes of the Great Depression Lesson

This is a complete 50 minute lesson on the Causes of the Great Depression. It was designed in Word and PowerPoint. You can download and use this less or modify it for your classroom if you want. 

What’s Included:
1. two pages of six graphs to analyze the causes in groups
2. 12 slide PowerPoint
3. a two side handout to print the PowerPoint for a notes handout
4. a video clip on the causes of the Great Depression

For more info click here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Causes-of-the-Great-Depression-Lesson-3760103 

Vietnam War Stations Lesson

This is a complete lesson for a 55 minute stations lesson on the Vietnam War from the American perspective. Every station is included and designed in world, ppt, or pdf so you can edit it and adapt it to your classroom. I give my kids 8 minutes a station for each of the five provided stations. This would make a great introduction lesson to the Vietnam War or if you are short on time this could be the whole unit if you want. There is also an attached homework assignment if they finish a station early.

Stations:
Station 1- Notes with Powerpoint
Station 2- Pro Con Reading on the Vietnam War
Station 3- Images from the Vietnam War
Station 4- Video to youtube with prompt
Station 5- Article and questions on the draft
Homework prompt if they finish a station early.

To learn more about this lesson click here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vietnam-War-Stations-Lesson-3732983 

If you like this lesson you may also like: 
⇒ Articles of Confederation Stations Lesson 

⇒ Congress Stations Lesson 

⇒ Causes of the Civil War Stations Lesson 

⇒ Stock Market Stations Lesson 

⇒ George Washington Presidency Stations Lesson 

⇒ Constitution Stations Lesson 

⇒ World War II Homefront Stations Lesson 

1920’s Station Lesson

This is a complete lesson for a 55 minute stations lesson on the 1920’s. Every station is included and designed in world, ppt, or pdf so you can edit it and adapt it to your classroom. I give my kids 8 minutes a station for each of the five provided stations. This would make a great introduction lesson to the 1920’s. There is also an attached homework assignment if they finish a station early.

Stations:
Station 1- Notes with ppt
Station 2- Reading and questions
Station Political cartoons
Station 4- Video to youtube with prompt
Station 5- Article with prompt

 

To learn more about this lesson click here:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/1920s-Station-Lesson-3729989 

 

If you like this lesson you may also like: 
⇒ Articles of Confederation Stations Lesson 

⇒ Congress Stations Lesson 

⇒ Causes of the Civil War Stations Lesson 

⇒ Vietnam War Stations Lesson 

⇒ Stock Market Stations Lesson 

⇒ George Washington Presidency Stations Lesson 

⇒ Constitution Stations Lesson 

⇒ World War II Homefront Stations Lesson 

 

 

Causes of the Civil War Stations Lesson

This is a complete lesson plan for the causes of the Civil War. This is a perfect lesson to teach all the causes of the Civil war in one 50 minute class period. There are five stations. 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. It was designed in word and powerpoint and it can easily be adapted to your classroom.

– Station 1: Powerpoint notes on the two sides of the Civil War
– Station 2: North & South Map to Color
– Station 3: Compromise and Causes Reading
– Station 4: Video on the Causes of the Civil War
– Station 5: Analyze Political Cartoons on the causes of the Civil War
– Extra two page homework assignment on the compromises and popular sovereignty

Get Lesson here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Causes-of-the-Civil-War-Stations-Lesson-2654527
If you like this lesson you may also like:
Articles of Confederation Stations Lesson

Congress Stations Lesson

Causes of the Civil War Stations Lesson

Stock Market Stations Lesson

George Washington Presidency Stations Lesson

Constitution Stations Lesson
World War II Homefront Stations Lesson

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More Curriculum:
U.S. History Complete Course
Unit 1: Colonial, Revolution, Articles, and Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 2: Constitution Unit Plan

Unit 3: First President’s and Expansion Unit

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

Unit 9: Recent US History

Final Exam Review

Use Google Draw to Animate Maps or Images written by Chris McKenzie @mckc1

Guest Post written by  Chris McKenzie who is an English teacher and a Coordinator of Educational Technology at a secondary school (grades 8-12) in Vancouver, BC. You can follow her on Twitter handle at  mckc1

 

I’d like to share relatively simple idea that makes use of Google Drawing to annotate maps. This is great for historical maps because it’s easier to do than overlaying a map onto Google Earth. If you don’t know about Google Drawing, you can find it in Google Drive. Instead of creating a Google Doc, just go a bit further down the drop-down menu and select “Drawing”.

Then, when you are in the drawing window, “Insert” an image and resize the image and the canvas to your liking.After that, you and the students can use the line tool and scribble tool to draw on the map, use the text tool to write on the map, and use the insert image function to include other images. If you right-click on the lines, text, or images, you can select “comment” to add a comment to the right of the map. Move your mouse over the comment to see which part of the map it pertains to, or click on an element of the map to see which comment is associated with it. Best of all, because this is a part of Google Drive, multiple students can collaborate on it.

It may be worthwhile having students annotate a map before you teach them the lesson. As a form of pre-assessment, they could annotate it with what they know. Then, as the lesson goes on, they could revise their previous annotations or drawings to show what they’ve learned.

Depending on your purpose and the students’ ages, you may also want to have some small pushpin images or premade labels down the side so that the students have only to drag them into place.

Here is a sample map:

 

 

 

Gooru provides high-quality learning resources for every student and teacher

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to teach completely using the iPad. The only exception is when I show a DVD in my classroom. So far it has been fairly easy since I got this wonderful Longitech keyboard, which makes typing so much easier.  In my classroom I have an Apple TV, which allows me to mirror anything from my iPad or my student’s iPad to the projector.

I am always looking for new ways to make my iPad more efficient and save me time. I recently discovered Gooru, which any user can use on their mobile device or on a regular computer browser. Gooru Collections allow any user to have access to more than 3,000 educational materials. The website is organized into playlists and is designed for every 5th-12th grade student.The options are endless from videos to games, to digital textbooks, useful teacher approved websites, quizzes, and so much more.

Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every 5th-12th grade math, science and social science topic, with more subjects coming soon.

One of my favorite features is that you can save  any resource to your username so anytime you want to access a particular resource it’s right on the home screen or “shelf.” The best part is that it’s FREE and has NO advertisements. Check it out today, you will not be disappointed!

Features of the iPad app:
-Gooru Collections will always be free
-Browse collections on 5th through 12th grade topics
-Search for collections to find exactly what you need to study
-Bookmark your favorite collections for later review
-Enable narration written by teachers to guide you through every resource in a collection
-Get the best collections delivered to you every week in “Featured Collections”
-Swipe to move on to the next resource, or tap the top navigation bar
-Customize your experience by logging in to your goorulearning.org account and accessing the collections you saved on the Web
-All materials are vetted by teachers to ensure what you study is high quality and safe
-Much more to come!

Beyond the Bubble and Reading Like a Historian

I am very proud to announce that The Stanford History Group will be hosting the first #sschat of 2013 on Monday, January 7th at 7 PM EST. They will be discussing reading and writing in history courses. Please join us on #sschat

 

The Sanford History Educaton Group has created two wonderful programs: Reading Like a Historian and Beyond the Bubble.  The Reading like a historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each of their 65 lessons revolve  around a central historical question and features primary documents modified for students of all ability levels.   Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on issues from King Philip’s War to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and make historical claims backed by documentary evidence. Beyond the Bubble utilizes the digital archives of the library of Congress to create a new form of history assessments. Their goal is to “go beyond the bubble” by offering teachers an easy-to-use assessment that captures student’s knowledge and interpretation of critical thinking instead of memorization of facts.