TeachersFirst's Pearl Harbor and World War II Resources
This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor Pearl Harbor Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you focus on Pearl Harbor for one class or spend an entire unit on World War II or the Holocaust, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Take your classes beyond infamy to inspiration.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomPlay songs related to math, social studies, or science concepts in class to supplement current lessons. Download and play the tunes on iPods or mp3 players in a listening corner. Have younger students sing along with the songs (reading the lyrics). ESL/ELL students will benefit from such an alternate presentation of concepts, as will any who have strong musical/rhythmic intelligence. Give students copies of song lyrics, and have them create their own songs. After listening to a song, have students create their own song relating to current classroom topics. Suggest some familiar tunes so students do not have to start from scratch. Create a video of the songs and share using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
Grades8 to 12
If a search does not return something immediately, there is a feature which will notify you of the results of your search at a later time. The time range of these documents is quite wide. Both a simple search and an advanced search make it easy to find interesting data. The A to Z index is a fun place to browse for subjects. Many of the documents are in PDF format.
In the ClassroomUse this site as a resource for researching primary documents from different eras in American history. Looking at the authentic documents is always exciting, so share one or two on a projector or interactive whiteboard with your class before assigning students to search on their own. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Have students make a mash-up presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Tools reviewed here. This is a great find for gifted students (unusual topics, historical documents, fascinating photos)!
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site when studying world cultures, particularly the Middle East. Have students prepare a similar project on stamps from other countries. Use the stamps on holidays as a jumping off place to study Israeli holidays. If you have created a class wiki, have students add to it using information gathered here. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomYou can use this online guide in a variety of ways ranging from simplistic to complex. It can give you project ideas, and you can collect relevant information and images on a variety of related themes, such as persecution and the liberation and aftermath, right from this site. Use this site for research and challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create and share interactive timelines. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here. Students must register to start an online project, which allows them to save all the information they have collected, so that they may come back and continue their work from where they left off. Since your user name is the name that the computer recognizes you by, students can make one up, but teachers should keep a list of the fictitious log in information for future reference.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomDivide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them look at the timeline, and then in groups select 5 events on the timeline that the site failed to go into detail on. Have the students create their own excerpts of those events, including what they think is the most important information. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomBrainstorm with Edistorm (reviewed here), having students add sticky notes of things they learn - or questions-- on the online shared whiteboard. Use this site when your class is researching for state reports to gather information.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomAs a class, listen to a couple of radio shows, taking note about the sound effects heard. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to list the sounds. Have the class speculate about what objects could have created each sound. Post the radio site on your web page and assign the students to determine what household objects are responsible for the sounds for homework. Back in class the next day, use your interactive white board to share the student discoveries. From here it would be natural to have your students create a two or three minute radio show for a topic being studied in history or science. Students could also turn part of a short story into reader's theater (including sound effects) and record it as a radio broadcast. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
Another idea would be to introduce a unit on the 20th century, the Great Depression, or WWII or by having the class listen to a broadcast from that time period. Have them experience radio as it was, with everyone huddled around to listen (and no multitasking!).Talk about how the changes in entertainment formats have changed the way we interact in our homes.
To hone in on listening skills, you could create a worksheet with questions to answer, or have students take two column notes, asking questions about what they are hearing in the left column.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector as a class opener, or as a transition between lecture and an activity. Their length (2 to 3 minutes) makes them perfect for helping visual learners focus on the main events, or for providing a preview or summary of lecture topics. They may not form the centerpiece of your lesson, but they're nice to have in your "back pocket" to use as an enhancement.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site to initiate cross-curricula ELA/Social Studies projects that utilize technology to provide opportunities for group collaboration and exploration as well as individual learning that connect students to the world beyond their personal locations. Provide a link from your class wiki or webpage for easy access to the interactive timeline, the story of Miep Gies, and the interview with Hanneli Pick-Goslar, one of Anne's childhood friends. Assign students one or more of the many suggested extension activities. Perhaps create a bulletin board display or ask students to interview their grandparents and other family members and then each develop a time line that shows what their families were doing during the years 1941-1945, and share their histories, or compare and contrast life then and now. Challenge students to create interactive online timelines to share with the class using a site such as Timetoast reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this presentation on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students explore on their own (with headsets). Create a class wiki to share their thoughts and reflections on what they saw. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. The 23 photographs in this slideshow are very powerful. Ranging from those that capture the scope and power of the blast itself to a series that show the impact of the blast, students who have not really considered what it means to detonate a nuclear device will find these images sobering. Use the slide show to introduce a lesson on the Cold War, on the end of World War II or on the issue of atomic energy.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomThis application is very easy to use. Users must create an account and be able to find the URL of a You Tube video they wish to bookmark and share.
Check with your technology department about using You Tube videos in your school. If your school blocks You Tube, ask about getting selected videos unblocked.
Use this application to find little segments of videos that can be used in the classroom. Bookmark (or save in your favorites) the sections and use to show only the parts of what you want. This is great for removing extraneous or unneeded material as well as keeping portions of videos hidden for the purpose of meaningful discussion. Separate World War II videos into separate battles. Clip different cell processes apart from each other in a Biology class. Share the "meat" with your class, and take out the parts of the videos that are not useful for learning. Even in primary grades, the ability to show "clips" from longer videos makes them more classroom-friendly.
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Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThe slide show makes a good introduction to a discussion of the Holocaust within the context of World War II, and is ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector for use with the entire class. There is text commentary for each slide, so students could explore the site individually at home or in a computer lab as an enrichment activity as well.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomWe usually study FDRs programs designed to pull the US out of the depression separately from our growing involvement in World War II. This timeline pulls those together and gives a good visual overview. Because it's interactive, it would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector as a backdrop to an introduction or summary of the time period. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here to explain one of the programs or actions they learn about at this site.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the activities and resources on this site to help students connect global and individual events, and realize that a positive attitude is possible despite terrible misfortune. Use the online resources to help you select the topics, activities, and articles that center around the themes you want to emphasize as a preview or follow up to reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Let the students collect and save their information on a class set of computers, (groups of three students work well.) Work toward one or several of the suggested final products, such as creating a wall poster, collage, or mosaic by using one of the online tools reviewed by TeachersFirst. Have students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Challenge students to use Mosaic Maker reviewed here. You might want to start by having students brainstorm a list of past or present acts of discrimination of which they are aware. Develop their brainstorming list on an interactive whiteboard or projector using bubbl.us, reviewed here, and ask students to think about and associate feelings of the victims of these acts. How might those feelings look in graphic form? Have each student or groups of students choose one example from the list, along with a few words about the feelings that accompany the acts of discrimination, and select online images that reflect those emotions. When students express their feelings onto visual media, it helps them relate to what Anne did by writing in her diary. For more adventurous technology users, all individual or group work can be merged to create an online scrapbook that can be shared with the entire class and families, using Smilebox (reviewed here).
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse your projector and/or interactive whiteboard to review what is available with students for the separate sections on the "Timeline," "People," and "Arts." Each separate section has subtitles. "The Arts" includes "Art," "Literature," and "Music." Then there are multiple links for each of these subtitles. One idea is to have the students sign up for an area that interests them (Art as in paintings). You will want to structure the small groups so that each student becomes an expert on one subtopic. "Art" has the subtopics "Ghetto and Camp Art," "Nazi Approved Art," "Degenerate Art" (art that didn't fit the Nazi ideal), and "Art in Response to the Holocaust." Students would report back to the group about the subtopic they researched. The group would put together a collage of the most important information they learned for each subtopic. Then they could create one collage for all "Art" subtitles. A couple of good, online tools for creating the "collage" include Animoto reviewed here, or Glogster reviewed here. Sharing their group collage with the class insures each student will get an overview of the different areas of the Holocaust present on this site.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBring history lessons about the 20th century alive by reviewing World War II photographs, videos, and interviews with survivors from the United Kingdom. Then ask your class to upload photographs of artifacts, people, film clips or conduct interviewers with survivors in their own community. Record the interview with a site such as Vocaroo reviewed here. Compare and contrast the experiences of both groups during the War. Have students in family and consumer science research fashion, clothing, food, and/or drink from various locations and time periods. Enrich an anticipatory set about William Shakespeare with photographs of his birthplace, Macduff's castle, the Globe Theatre, and his cottage in Stratford. Younger children will enjoy the numerous digital images of animals and antique toys. Prepare a series of topic albums for students to access and use for research by using the sites "My Album" feature.
Grades6 to 12
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