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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. 

 

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Japanese American Relocation

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This digital archive from the University of California offers narrative and images describing the forced internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. It offers a...more
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This digital archive from the University of California offers narrative and images describing the forced internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. It offers a troubling comparison to events that took place in other nations during the war. Interesting possibilities for discussions on discrimination, national security, etc.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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If looking for primary sources about Japanese relocation, this site is a treasure trove of images, letters, diary entries, orders, etc. This site provides material from both the camp and the Japanese forced to relocate there, making the perfect source for a lesson examining all sides of the issue. There are also essential question hosted on this site that could lend themselves to discussions or journal prompts to introduce the topic.

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The U.S. Holocaust Museum - US Government

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The site for the U.S. Holocaust Museum contains a collection of resources and on-line exhibits which document the history of the Holocaust, the people who perished, and those who worked...more
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The site for the U.S. Holocaust Museum contains a collection of resources and on-line exhibits which document the history of the Holocaust, the people who perished, and those who worked to save them. Note that many of the images may be disturbing to some students.

tag(s): holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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Within the teachers portion of this site is a wide array of information including how and why to teach the Holocaust, specific lesson plans and activities, and even online Teacher workshops. Take advantage of the resources on this site, very useful for a World or American History classroom.

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The Home Front - BBC

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Visitors to this BBC site on World War II can find lots of information about the Battle of Britain and the extreme reality of living on the Home front for ...more
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Visitors to this BBC site on World War II can find lots of information about the Battle of Britain and the extreme reality of living on the Home front for British citizens.

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Use the movies and audio files on this site to supplement a unit on WWII and how it impacted the British home front. Teachers can play these over the projector or have students look at them on classroom computers during learning centers or stations.

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Hiroshima - A personal Memory

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This is a first-person account from a survivor of the bombing who is telling her story many years later. This site isn't extensive, but the message is direct and has ...more
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This is a first-person account from a survivor of the bombing who is telling her story many years later. This site isn't extensive, but the message is direct and has lost no intensity over the years.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (142)

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This incredibly moving account of the Hiroshima bombing would be a great addition to a unit on WWII, providing a very rarely examined perspective - that of the innocent Japanese civilian. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to read it on classroom computers. There is a lot of emotional content in this reading, so allow students a venue to reflect and respond to the readings. Students can respond via written essay, illustration (try Art Pad Digital Canvas, (reviewed here)), blog post, or even a graphic using Tabblo reviewed here.

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The Enola Gay - Smithsonian Institution

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This is the web site for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Enola Gay exhibit. It includes information on the mission to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, as well ...more
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This is the web site for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Enola Gay exhibit. It includes information on the mission to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, as well as a discussion of the preservation of the aircraft.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (142)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a lesson on the Enola Gay and the bombing of Japan. Show students the images on the site. Have students come up to the interactive whiteboard and use the interactive panorama to explore what it must have been like to fly the plane. A cool addition for a US history class!

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Return to Midway - National Geographic

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The National Geographic Society uses Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck of the battleship Yorktown as the centerpiece for this beautiful, extensive site on the Pacific war and...more
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The National Geographic Society uses Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck of the battleship Yorktown as the centerpiece for this beautiful, extensive site on the Pacific war and the battle of Midway. Lots of Java-enhanced maps and descriptions, along with time-lines and historical narrative.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Use the "dive down" option on this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII, specifically focusing on the Pacific Front. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site.

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The War in the Pacific - History Place

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Chronology & photos from The History Place. ...more
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Chronology & photos from The History Place.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (on the website), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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The U-Boat War - 1939-45

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A site devoted entirely to the history of German submarine warfare during World War II. The materials include descriptions of each boat, captains and crews, mission histories, and strategic...more
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A site devoted entirely to the history of German submarine warfare during World War II. The materials include descriptions of each boat, captains and crews, mission histories, and strategic objectives. Lots of depth!

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Ignore the advertising; the site content is worth it. Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers, and refer students to it for research papers and projects on U-boats. A lot of information here that could help students. Teachers, be sure to check out their list of reviewed movies if looking for a clip to show students.

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Diplomatic and Political Documents of World War II

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This is a collection of primary documents from the World War II era stretching from Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" declaration to the Japanese and German surrender documents....more
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This is a collection of primary documents from the World War II era stretching from Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" declaration to the Japanese and German surrender documents. It's a great resource for studying history based on documentary evidence.

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There are virtually tons of resources in this site about WWII. Use this site as a base point for students working on research projects based on some aspect of the war. Students can use it to garner ideas about a topic or find more information about a topic they already have. Be sure to post this on the teacher web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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The Battle of Britain - Royal Air Force

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The Royal Air Force developed this site to comemmorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which the British successfully avoided invasion by the German Reich. The site...more
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The Royal Air Force developed this site to comemmorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which the British successfully avoided invasion by the German Reich. The site explains how the battle evolved and highlights the role of the Air Force in the fight.

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Use this site as a point of reference for students working on research projects or papers, or for a quick refresher before teaching a unit on the Battle of Britain. The site is text heavy, so make sure your readers are able to handle it before assigning it.

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1936 Olympics - Smithsonian Holocaust Museum

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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, ...more
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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, with a particular focus on its racial and ethnic policies. The result is a succinct, though stark, introduction that should be useful for many students. The site features an online exhibition with video clips, pictures, and articles of interest.

tag(s): german (64), germany (28), olympics (47), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site to spark a discussion and study of the role of the Olympics in politics and foreign policy (especially during an Olympic year as an extension of your study of current events). You may want to share some of the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not have a class debate about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
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The Marshall Plan - Library of Congress

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This section from the Library of Congress' American Memory site provides an overview and details of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately...more
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This section from the Library of Congress' American Memory site provides an overview and details of the Marshall Plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe in the years immediately following World War II. It's text-heavy, but there's enough information here for a really good term paper or any student interested in learning about the people and policies which helped rebuild post-war Europe.

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Use this site to demonstrate the importance of primary documents for both history and civics. Have students look at the text via interactive whiteboard or projector, and then examine the documents that accompany it. Use this to start a discussion on the different views that both secondary and primary provide before continuing to study the site as it was intended. An excellent site to examine the Marshall plan and primary documents!

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Holocaust Timeline

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A holocaust time line from the History Place. Adult supervision suggested ...more
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A holocaust time line from the History Place. Adult supervision suggested

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Use this timeline as a guide to classroom presentations during a unit on the second World War. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to look at it individually with the intentions of selecting one major event to present to the class. Allow sufficient class time for students to research and prepare presentations, to be presented adjacent to the timeline in chronological order. For more tailored results, highlight specific events that students can choose among rather than the broad spectrum on the timeline. This would be a great way to teach the events of WWII in a non-lecture format, most likely at the high school level. For projects, have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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Remember - A People's History of the Holocaust & Genocide

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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom...more
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This site offers a wealth of holocaust information. Although the design and layout are a bit confusing, the information is there. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy access and retrieval in a search for new activities during a unit on the Holocaust. This would be a great site for a World or US history class. ADULT SUPERVISION SUGGESTED

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Within the education portion of the site are teacher and student resources that can be utilized in your classroom during a unit or lesson on the holocaust. Take advantage of the free lesson plans, quizzes, information, etc. A great resource for World or US history teachers.

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The Japanese-American Historical Society

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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on ...more
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Though its focus is by no means entirely on World War II, that war was no doubt the most trying time for Japanese Americans. This site contains numerous resources on the experiences of Japanese Americans during the war, as well as other resources highlighting the accomplishments of Japanese Americans and their efforts to preserve their ethnic heritage.

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Holocaust Bibliographies and Books

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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust. ...more
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A thorough listing of links to booklists on the Holocaust.

tag(s): holocaust (39), reading lists (73)

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Use this site as a means to find literary resources for a unit on the Holocaust. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop to allow for easy retrieval and access.

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World War II As Seen Through Children's Literature - Yale University

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site! Be sure to save as a favorite, allowing you to take advantage of it whenever you need.

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National World War II Museum - National World War II Museum: Learn

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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature...more
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Visit the New Orleans-based museum all about World War II via the web site and its various interactive components. While some areas (videoconferences) are fee-based, and some feature information about visiting the actual museum, there is a rich collection of information and multimedia experiences to make world war II history meaningful. Find lesson plans at the left under "Teachers." Click WWII History button at the right to find many pages of information and a timeline. Don't miss many choices under Student Projects. The See and Hear menu (up top) offers more interactive options, such as a newly re-launched Science and Technology of World War II interactive with additional lesson plans included.

tag(s): d day (8), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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This site could be the focal point for an extensive unit on World War II, with different student groups investigating aspects of the war. Or feature this site during a single lesson on D-Day. Ask students to decide which technology depicted in the science and technology interactive was the most important factor in the outcome of the war. Share videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard, or assign students to create their own online posters about different facets of World War II using GlogsterEDU reviewed here.
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Enemy Aliens - Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

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This virtual exhibit illustrates a little-known chapter of Canadian history - the story of Canada and Jewish Holocaust refugees. Choose tabs to follow the story of the refugees from...more
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This virtual exhibit illustrates a little-known chapter of Canadian history - the story of Canada and Jewish Holocaust refugees. Choose tabs to follow the story of the refugees from "We Had to Leave" through "New Lives." Each section includes detailed information about the refugees' stories including photos, videos, and additional readings. Also, each portion of the site includes lesson plans for classroom use. This site is available in English and French.

tag(s): canada (30), germany (28), hitler (10), holocaust (39), jews (20), world war 2 (142)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans included on this site as part of any World War II unit. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group become "experts" about different sections then teach their portion to their classmates. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. With Animaps students can add text, images, and locations of different points of refuge for those fleeing the Holocaust.
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