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Support for the WWII Online Exhibit is provided in part through a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and The Century Fund.

 

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WW II For Teachers  

The following lesson plans introduce and reinforce concepts related to WWII on the home front and on the battle front.  Although they were designed for use with middle or high school students, they could be adapted for use in elementary grades.  All lesson plans and related materials are provided as downloadable pdf files.  While these lesson plans may be used at any time in a study of WWII, students would benefit from at least a general understanding of the war before engaging in these activities.  To gain this information, students might explore the on-line exhibit, read about WWII in their textbooks, or read the following document, which overviews the war and the Lehigh Valley’s involvement in it:
Lehigh Valley During World War II

MEET THE SMITH FAMILY is a home front activity.  Students complete a worksheet as they explore the Home Front section of the on-line exhibit, learning about the wartime contributions of the typical “Smith Family,” an imaginary family residing in the Lehigh Valley during WWII. 
To use this lesson, click here to download a ZIP file of all needed lesson materials.

TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME follows the movements of Americo Caggiano, a soldier in the Pacific Theatre.  It familiarizes students with oral history, while also developing map skills. 
To use this lesson, click here to download a ZIP file of all needed lesson materials.

INTERVIEWING A PHOTOGRAPH teaches students to “interview” or “read” photographs.  Because it focuses on visual literacy, this activity is particularly adaptable to students of all ages.  Using images from the home front, the battle front, and even images relating to the horrors of war, students will learn to use photographs as primary sources. 
To use this lesson, click here to download a ZIP file of all needed lesson materials.

INTERVIEWING A POSTER teaches students to “interview” or “read” a poster.  Because it focuses on visual literacy, this activity is particularly adaptable to students of all ages.  Students will learn to use American WWII propaganda posters as primary sources. 
To use this lesson, click here to download a ZIP file of all needed lesson materials.