Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world.
Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder over the origins and uses of these intriguing pieces of WWII history.
How many days should students research?
Allow at least 1-2 periods for student research. If possible, reserve library time for student research. Consult with the librarian ahead of time to pull WWII books for the students. Groups should write at least five to seven research questions on their selected date. Students should take notes from at least three resources, one print source, one reference source (internet or print), and one internet source. Select the amount of class and individual research time.
What are some topics my students should research?
Please see below for sample topics.
· Industry/Manufacturing – Were there local plants or factories that contributed to the war effort? What were the top professions during WWII? Where did women work?
· School – What was the school population like? How did this affect school life, sports, dances, classes, etc?
· Festivals/Celebrations – How were holidays celebrated? Were there any changes due to the war?
· Rationing – What was rationing like? How did this impact business and everyday life?
· Prices/Fun Facts – What are prices for sample items then and now (everyday items such as milk, meat, coffee, bread, postage stamps, newspapers as well as movie tickets, haircuts, and pay phone calls)? What does the general demographic look like then and now?
· Media – How did the local news media report on the war? Did any new publications begin during wartime? Did subscription and readership increase or decrease?
· Oral History – What percentage of the population went to fight? What are some of their stories? Oral history resources, including sample questions, have also been provided. Feel free to use when guiding your students through this part of research
What sources should my student use?
We recommend that students use at least three sources, one print source, one reference source (either internet or print), and one internet source. You might visit your local public and ask the librarians for assistance. If available, visit your town’s museum or archives. Check to see if your local paper is digitized and available on the internet.