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World War II Unit Study

by Beverly S. Krueger

There are abundant resources for studying World War II online. Whether you are a military history buff, a high school student looking to supplement your world history or American history studies, or a homeschool mom creating your own World War II unit study for your younger children, you won't need to look far to get detailed resources suited to your purposes. In this Unit Study Resources article we've included links to lesson plans and websites dealing with the war itself, the war in Europe, the war in the Pacific, life on the home front, the holocaust and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We have a complete listing of the History Channel Speech Archive's World War II speeches. Other resources include songs of World War II, activities, books, and videos. In the video section you'll find fiction and nonfiction videos most with short reviews.

World War II Lesson Plans

World War II Websites

General World War II Sites

War in Europe

War in the Pacific

The Holocaust

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Includes:
    Online workship and 133 page guide titled "Teaching About the Holocaust"
    Identification cards - A set of 37 identification cards reproduced on 8 1/2" x 11" paper for easy distribution and reproduction. Portrays the experiences of a wide range of people during the Holocaust
    Booklets or brochures on the Resistance to the Holocaust and the victims of the holocaust.
    Family Guides to the exhibition.
    Many other resources.
  • The Holocaust a Learning Site for Students
    Welcome to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students. Organized by theme, this site uses text, historical photographs, maps, images of artifacts, and audio clips to provide an overview of the Holocaust. It is the first step in a growing resource for middle and secondary level students and teachers, with content that reflects the history as it is presented in the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, The Holocaust.
  • A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
    Extensive resources in an easily accessed and navigated site. You'll find exactly what you're looking for quickly and easily.

World War II Activities

  • War Games
    Wargames covering World War II probably outnumber those covering all other eras (combined!) -- obviously World War II is something of great interest to us all, and wargamers are no exception. While there have been WWII computer wargames since the early '80s (see "Golden Oldies" below), we've restricted this list to games from the last several years, games you might have a chance of finding in stores or that you can order directly from the publishers.
  • Battle of the Atlantic Online Game
    The Battle of the Atlantic lasted as long as World War Two itself. By the summer of 1942 one Allied ship was going down every four hours, yet German U-boat losses remained frustratingly low. Play the game as a 'Senior Officer Escort'. In charge of the destroyers and corvettes tasked with defending the increasingly important convoys, you will need to learn about the tactics you can use to outwit German U-boats, and discover the strengths and weaknesses of both friend and foe.
  • Build Your Own World War II Timeline
    This timeline will start you off with a few dates. Add more important dates from World War II and print out your final timeline. You can also add photos, videos, and sound!
  • Create a World War II Memory Book
    There are still thousands of people alive today who were soldiers, civilians, or children during the Second World War, and who remember what they did and how they felt. Locate someone to interview about this extraordinary time. Then use the Scholastic Writing Workshop to write and publish that person's oral history of World War II in Scholastic's World War II Memory Book.
  • Scholastic Research Starter - World War II Military Operations
  • Mary of the WACS - cutout paper doll from 1943

World War II Songs

  • Songs of World War II
    Lyrics and midi song files for over 40 songs.
  • World War II Songs from the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive
    Information about music during World War II and an archive of songs from the period. Search the archive by title or topic. The listings for each song include images, information and an audio clip of a recording of the song from the period.
  • Soldier's Songs
    Today there is an unprecedented interest in military history. Soldiers' Songs amplifies this interest with music, lyrics & historical notes which tell powerful stories about the lives, thoughts and emotions of soldiers and those who waited for them at home.

    The purpose of this page is to provide historical context for the songs. This combination of song and context creates opportunities for classroom teaching aids and resources for student papers and presentations.

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