(PowerPoints/videos For Success)
Causes & Events
(many of the following videos are very graphic and should only be watched with parent approval, if viewed in class scenes will be edited out and sound will be turned off for any harsh language)
Auschwitz Survivor Tell Their Story
Auschwitz Part 2
Nazi Twins of Brazil
Omaha Beach (Saving Private Ryan)
SS Treatment of Russian Children
A Walk Through Auschwitz
Battle of El Alamein
Battle of the Bulge (Band of Brothers)
"A Day That Will Live in Infamy" Speech
WCPSS Suggested Online Learnings
Examining the ineffectiveness of the League of Nations and Treaty of Versailles
Simple guide on the causes of the great depression. Site #2 - Online module exploring causes of the Great Depression. Includes context, evidence, assessments and conclusions.
Adolf Hitler (SAS #1295): Understand who Adolf Hitler was and his role in WWII.
World War II - Memories of the Holocaust (SAS #613): Investigate the Holocaust through a study of primary sources and photographs available on the Internet. Assemble a memory book on the Holocaust and provide personal commentary.
Quote analysis on speaking out against the Holocaust, focusing on the quote, "When they came for me, there was no one left to speak up."
describe how the war ended in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. By the end of the lesson, SWBAT evaluate the Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
multiday lesson on the creation and purpose of the United Nations
Primary Source: Speech by Hitler protesting against the Treaty of Versailles.
Exploring causes of WWII. Broken down into five main reasons.
Complete lesson plans looking at the rise of Nazism, leading to WWII.
Virtual Museum of Jewish Orphans has an interactive website that allows students to understand the personal and societal impact of the Holocaust on European families.
Article explaining Japan's expansion into Manchuria, and the political and economic motives behind this aggression.
Atomic Bomb: Lesson plan looking at Truman's decision to drop the bomb as well as Japan's decision to surrender.
US causes of Depression: stations activity to learn about the four major causes of the Great Depression; including notes and readings.
Comparing leadership of Hoover and FDR, shows the US wanted a strong leader to lead the nation through crisis.
World War II: Analyzing Motives (SAS #405) Graphically represent how and why an Allied and an Axis country participated in World War II. Compare the motives of two major powers engaged in the conflict.
Understanding Nazi views on Mental Illness, specifically the treatment of Helene Lebel.
Discovery Education - Takes students step by step of traveling to a concentration camp, the horrors of the camps, as well as liberation from the Allied Powers.
In this activity students will look at four documents pertaining to U.S. and Japanese policies in China. By examining these, and answering questions about them, they should gain an understanding of why tensions developed between the two countries.
In this lesson plan, students read four different accounts of the bombings and must decide for themselves how we should remember the dropping of the atomic bomb.
Stations activity explaining the creation of the UN, the creation of Israel, Nuremberg Trials, the new power of the USSR and US, and the effects of the atomic bomb
shows Hitler's growing power through propaganda as leader during Depression
World War I: Failure of European Diplomacy (SAS #933): Explore the volatile political atmosphere in Europe prior to the war to answer the question: Is Germany to blame for the start of WWII?
Interactive lesson plan that has students mapping Concentration Camps in space and time.
Students will read a poem from the victims of the atomic bomb and understand the societal impact of the atomic bombs.
Articles explaining the Japanese quest for power from pre-WWII to Pearl Harbor.
VE Day Lesson Plan complete with images, information, research starters, etc.
PBS Teachers Guide on Anne Frank Diaries, great for cross curricular studies with ELA teachers.
Websites for Deeper Learning
Operation Barbarossa: On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany and its Axis allies began a massive invasion of the Soviet Union named Operation Barbarossa -- some 4.5 million troops launched a surprise attack deployed from German-controlled Poland, Finland, and Romania.
The Battle of Midway: The Americans had surprise on their side, and luck. On June 4, they discovered the Japanese fleet northeast of Midway. An air battle quickly developed. The turning point came at mid-morning. The Japanese fighters were drawn down to sea level by attacking American torpedo bombers, the vast majority of which were destroyed. Their sacrifice cleared the skies above for the American dive-bombers. Within minutes three Japanese carriers were ablaze.
Hiroshima & Nagasaki: August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay left the island of Tinian for Hiroshima, Japan. The uranium 235 gun-type bomb, named Little Boy, exploded at 8:16 a.m. In an instant 80,000 to 140,000 people were killed and 100,000 more were seriously injured. The blast wave shattered windows for a distance of ten miles and was felt as far away as 37 miles. Hiroshima had disappeared under a thick, churning foam of flames and smoke. The co-pilot, Captain Robert Lewis, commented, "My God, what have we done?"
The Attack at Pearl Harbor: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, stunned virtually everyone in the United States military. Japan’s carrier-launched bombers found Pearl Harbor totally unprepared. President Franklin Roosevelt quickly addressed Congress to ask for a declaration of war as illustrated in this audio excerpt. Although he never mentioned Europe or the fact that Germany had by then declared war on the United States, the Pearl Harbor attack allowed him to begin the larger intervention in the European war he had long wanted.
The Battle of Britain: Day after day the Germans sent armadas of bombers and fighters over England hoping to lure the RAF into battle and annihilate the defenders. Day after day the RAF scrambled their pilots into the sky to do battle often three, four or five times a day. Britain's air defense bent but did not break. By September, the Germans lost enthusiasm for the assault. Hitler postponed and then canceled invasion plans, turning his attention to the defeat of Russia. In appreciation of the RAF pilots' heroic effort, Winston Churchill declared: "Never before in human history was so much owed by so many to so few."
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis: The heavy cruiser Indianapolis steamed out of San Francisco Bay just after dawn on July 16 wrapped in a heavy cloak of secrecy. In her belly, she carried the atomic bomb that three weeks later would be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. She raced, unescorted, to the island of Tinian where she unloaded her lethal cargo on July 26. Her mission accomplished, the Indianapolis then began a journey into Hell that would end with the worst naval disaster in U.S. history.
Iwo Jima: At approximately 10:20 a.m., the flag was hoisted on a steel pipe above the island. The sight of the small American flag flying from atop Mount Suribachi thrilled men all over the island. And for the first time during WWII, an American flag was flying above what was considered traditional Japanese territory. This symbol of victory sent a wave of strength to the battle-weary fighting men below, and struck a further mental blow against the island's defenders.
2nd Battle of El Alamein: Second Battle of El Alamein was a turning point in the North African campaign. It ended the long fight for the Western Desert, and was the only great land battle won by the British and Commonwealth forces without direct American participation. The victory also persuaded the French to start cooperating in the North African campaign.
The Invasion of Normandy: On June 6, 1944, a date known ever since as D-Day, a mighty armada crossed a narrow strip of sea from England to Normandy, France, and cracked the Nazi grip on western Europe.
The Bataan Death March: The Japanese immediately began to march some 76,000 prisoners (12,000 Americans, the remainder Filipinos) northward into captivity along a route of death. When three American officers escaped a year later, the world learned of the unspeakable atrocities suffered along the 60-mile journey that became known as the Bataan Death March.
The Battle of the Bulge: By late 1944, Germany was unmistakably losing the war. The Soviet Red Army was closing in on the Eastern front, while strategic Allied bombing was wreaking havoc on German cities. The Italian peninsula had been captured and liberated, and the Allied armies were advancing rapidly through France from west to east. Therefore, Adolph Hitler knew that the end was near if something could not be done to slow the Allies' advance.
The Battle of Berlin: The final chapter in the destruction of Hitler's Third Reich began on April 16, 1945 when Stalin unleashed the brutal power of 20 armies, 6,300 tanks and 8,500 aircraft with the objective of crushing German resistance and capturing Berlin.
PBS presents America and the Holocaust: In 1937, a 17-year-old German Jew named Kurt Klein emigrated to the US to escape the growing discrimination against Jews that had become a terrible fact of life following Hitler's rise in 1933. Together with his brother and sister, who had emigrated previously, Klein worked to establish himself so that he could obtain safe passage for his parents out of Germany. America and the Holocaust uses the moving tale of Klein's struggles against a wall of bureaucracy to free his parents to explore the complex social and political factors that led the American government to turn its back on the plight of the Jews.
History Channel presents The Holocaust: The word “Holocaust,” from the Greek words “holos” (whole) and “kaustos” (burned), was historically used to describe a sacrificial offering burned on an altar. Since 1945, the word has taken on a new and horrible meaning: the mass murder of some 6 million European Jews by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War. To the anti-Semitic Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Jews were an inferior race, an alien threat to German racial purity and community. After years of Nazi rule in Germany, during which Jews were consistently persecuted, Hitler’s “final solution”–now known as the Holocaust–came to fruition under the cover of world war, with mass killing centers constructed in the concentration camps of occupied Poland.
PBS presents WWII in color: WWII in Color is made up of a large WWII photograph collection of over 31,000 images which have been viewed over 60 million times in total over the last few years.
Battles (basic notes)
1940's Era Political Spectrum
The Nuremberg Trials
Dr. Josef Mengele
"The Angel of Death"
Key People of WWII
Europe Under Nazi Control
Events of 1939
Events of 1940
Events of 1941
Events of 1942
Events of 1943
Events of 1944
Events of 1945
Key People Organizer
Blank Map of Europe During WWII
Vocabulary Research Packet Activity
(define on the front, put your research on the back)
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Alphabet Soup Organizer
Great Depression & Stock Market Packet
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Rise of Benito Mussolini & Fascism PowerPoint
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Rise of Adolf Hitler PowerPoint
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WWII Mini Webquest
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WWII in 15 mins Guided Notes