TeachersFirst's D Day Resources

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor D Day and the important events of World War II through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you focus on D Day for one class or spend an entire unit on World War II, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Take your classes through the longest day to understand World War II.

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D-Day: How Allied Forces Overcame Disastrous Landings to Rout the Nazis - History Channel

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Learn about Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, using the timeline, videos, and map featured on this site outlining the key events and locations...more
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Learn about Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, using the timeline, videos, and map featured on this site outlining the key events and locations associated with D-Day, which occurred on June 6, 1944. Information on the site discusses the planning, preparation, and execution of the operation, including details about the landing beaches, the airborne assault, and the subsequent battles. It also highlights the significance of D-Day in turning the tide of World War II and ultimately leading to the Allied victory in Europe. Scroll through the timeline to view each event, or visit the three bars at the top of the page to go directly to any of the seven featured events. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

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Introduce this timeline to students to highlight the importance of D-Day and the detailed planning of this operation. Ask students to use this interactive as a model and create a timeline using eStory, reviewed here to tell the story of other significant World War 2 events, such as the German invasion of Poland or the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ask groups of students to choose different events, then combine all of the timeline presentations into one larger presentation that tells the story of World War 2. Curate all the timelines into one document using Sway, reviewed here, or Wakelet, reviewed here.

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Imperial War Museums - IWM

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The Imperial War Museums are a family of five museums in the United Kingdom with a focus on conflicts from World War I through current times. From the top menu ...more
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The Imperial War Museums are a family of five museums in the United Kingdom with a focus on conflicts from World War I through current times. From the top menu bar choose Learn, then slide to Home Learning Hub which contains many resources for teaching and learning about wars through storytelling, photos, video stories, and Do It Yourself (DIY) Projects. Again from the Learn tab choose Learing Resources and select from many topics; examples are British Art of the First World War, D-Day: People and Planning, Contemporary Art and War, Secret Messages and Spies, Tales From the Trenches, and many more. Many of these Learning Resources include teaching suggestions, videos, and PowerPoint downloads. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. The videos reside on YouTube and may not be viewable in your classroom.

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Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources on this site as you teach about wars and conflict. Use this information to compare and contrast British involvement in conflicts vs. those in your country. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Image Annotator, reviewed here, to describe images taken during wartime. Using Twiki, reviewed here, create a class wiki about the conflict you are studying. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Invasion of Normandy - Naval History and Heritage Command

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Explore D-Day events through the perspective of the U.S. Navy. Choose from different links explaining military operations from the left menu such as Exercise Tiger and Operation Neptune....more
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Explore D-Day events through the perspective of the U.S. Navy. Choose from different links explaining military operations from the left menu such as Exercise Tiger and Operation Neptune. Watch a 1944 newsreel telling of the liberation of Rome or learn about famous Rear Admirals Ford and Cabanillas and their role in D-Day.

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Be sure to help your weaker readers and ENL/ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either in a handout or by using Read Ahead, reviewed here, and projecting the reading on an interactive whiteboard. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them share their findings with a simple infographic using Venngage, reviewed here.

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D-Day: Teachers' Sources - Imperial War Museums

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Investigate the events of D-Day and their impact on World War II with this simple but interesting resource. Scroll through the photos and short captions to see first-hand images of...more
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Investigate the events of D-Day and their impact on World War II with this simple but interesting resource. Scroll through the photos and short captions to see first-hand images of Allied Commanders, Hitler, soldiers going ashore, and more. Scroll all the way down the page to find and download a PowerPoint for your class. Videos can be found under the Objects & History tab at the top. They reside on YouTube. If your district / school blocks YouTube they may not be viewable.

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a World War II unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Extend learning by having students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a soldier, commander, or loved one during the D-Day invasion. Modify learning by challenging students create timelines (it can include text, images and collaboration) using Sutori, reviewed here. Make your D-Day lessons interdisciplinary by using the search bar to find Science and Technology lessons and share with science teachers at your site.
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National D-Day Memorial - National D-Day Memorial Foundation

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This informative site uses photographs, articles, maps, and videos to recapture the remarkable events of June 6, 1944. Scroll all the way down the page to Learn the History and ...more
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This informative site uses photographs, articles, maps, and videos to recapture the remarkable events of June 6, 1944. Scroll all the way down the page to Learn the History and click D Day Overview to discover the D-Day events beginning with what happened leading up to the storming of the beaches of Normandy. Find background information on some of the important characters of this historic event. From the top of the webpage click Learn, then slide to Teachers & Students where you will find Educational Resources with links to lesson plans and first-hand accounts from Veterans of D-Day. At least one of the videos is presented via YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

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In the Classroom

Feature this site during a single lesson on D-Day or as part of any World War II unit. Redefine student learning by challenging students to make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here. A few of our favorites would be to create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Image Annotator, reviewed here. Alternatively, use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)! Or, extend learning and have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a soldier, leader, or politician involved with D-Day events.

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Omaha Beachhead - US Army

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This is the Army's official history of the Omaha beach invasion effort and subsequent progress inland. The site is entirely text, written as adult-level military history. There's plenty...more
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This is the Army's official history of the Omaha beach invasion effort and subsequent progress inland. The site is entirely text, written as adult-level military history. There's plenty of material here - and in other corners of this vast site - for the patient reader.

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In the Classroom

Use the maps and images offered at the bottom of the site to aid presentations and lectures about D-day. The images are in black and white, but are still useful for discussing troop movements and the geography of the land and the battle scenery. When sharing the text with students use a tool like Read Ahead, reviewed here, to create a guided reading activity presentation using vocabulary, keywords, and phrases.

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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 feature information about visiting the actual museum,...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 feature information about visiting the actual museum, there is a rich collection of information and multimedia experiences to make World War II history meaningful. Scroll down the page to From the Collection to the Classroom and sign up for a free account. Then, find lesson plans and multimedia resources for the classroom. Click WWII History button at the right to find many pages of information and a timeline. Don't miss many choices under Student Programs.

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In the Classroom

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 Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here.

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