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World War I and II Resources Needed~
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Help~! I am teaching 5th grade next year and I need some engaging resources for WWI and WWII.


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I read the picture book "Faithful Elephants" to my fifth graders (WWII) and they were into it. One student even cried.

I also read "Journey to Topaz" with my 4th grade (about Japanese internment) and the sequel "Journey Home" with my 5th graders.
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What are you required to teach?
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Some random resources without knowing your specific curriculum:

World War I
My favorite thing during my WWI unit was our trench warfare simulation. I wrote about it on my blog: http://mrsgannon.wordpress.com/2010/...a-history-lab/

This is a good map intro for WWI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzin0L3yNzk

We made a foldable about the M.A.I.N. causes of WWI - Militarism Alliances Imperialism Nationalism

I read students "Casey Over There" on the recommendation of another proteacher poster. Christmas in the Trenches is also cool.

World War II
There are great picture books:
I really love So Far From the Sea about the Japanese Internment
Terrible Things is an allegory of the Holocaust
Hiroshima by Lawrence Yep (not a picture book, but a 56 page novella)

The Secret Annex - a virtual exploration of Anne Frank's hiding place
http://www.annefrank.org/secretannex

Love this "Rosie the Riveter" song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CQ0M0wx00s

If you have specific topics you need to cover, I'd be happy to sort through my bookmarks - I taught these for the first time myself this year and spent a lot of time researching!
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Here are some more specifics:
World War I
Causes of WWI

World War II
America's role in WWII
Political, social and economic effects of WWII
Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Hiroshima
Japanese American internment
How WWII influenced economy and society
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A couple of things I used to help the kiddos understand Alliances in WWI.
- We tossed a ball of twine around the room with each child who caught it holding a piece and then tossing the ball. Once we were all connected, I pulled on individual strings to show how it affected multiple people. I explained that alliances were like invisible strings that tied countries together.
- The Teacher Created Materials World War I unit has a good readers theater that puts the start of WWI in kid terms "Trouble in the Cafeteria"
- I gave the explanation drawing things out on a map as each country was pulled into the war.

A few Lusitania resources:
http://www.brainpop.com/video_tutorials/lusitania/ This is an adorable student made brainpop - you don't have to have a subscription.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sURi21sJsWc A short Lusitania re-enactment


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Our curriculums are very similar!

I lead with Number the Stars, because it allowed us to talk about Nazis and the Holocaust without going into depth (that's 7th grade) - and we discussed being an occupied country and resistance fighters which helped set things up.

I use a lot of Joy Hakim's War, Peace, and All That Jazz with this unit - the Chapters on D-Day and the Japanese Internment are particularly good.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/histmy...rt.asp?Game=49 (History Mystery - for your website or for computer lab)

America's role in WWII

Political, social and economic effects of WWII
I adapted this lesson on Rosie: http://homefront.mrdonn.org/symbols.html We use the Scott Foresman "Growth of a Nation" and the teacher materials had a neat reader's theater featuring women. Also - Mom played Baseball is a picture book - I didn't end up using it but the reviews were pretty good. We also created propaganda posters about how Americans at home coud "do your part"
One thing I liked was teaching the economic gains, and new opportunities for women and African Americans and then contrasting that with the Japanese Internment.

Scholastic resource on the homefront http://teacher.scholastic.com/activi.../ahf/index.htm

Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Hiroshima
http://www.teachersfirst.com/spectop...worldwarii.cfm
http://www.wtj.com/articles/pearl_maps/ Animated maps of Pearl Harbor
http://www.army.mil/d-day/
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activi...hima/index.htm Scholastic resource

Hope this helps! If you come across others, please post - its only my second year with the content and I'm still building
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Thanks for the resources and I will definitely post if I find some!
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Both the WWI and WWII museums sent me materials for use in the classroom.
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