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The Victory Gardens of WWII

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!

The Science and Technology of WWII

Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world.

Operation Footlocker

Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder over the origins and uses of these intriguing pieces of WWII history.

Teacher Introduction

What will my students do?


Your students, working within groups of 3-4, will research a topic of local WWII history, and formulate and answer research questions centered on it. For example, one group researches local manufacturing/industry as it relates to WWII. When their research is done, groups will write web text and select images to post on their section of the web page.  When all the research is done, each group will present their part to the class. From this, the class web page that will inform others on your local history. Each group will be responsible for one section of the page.  Four web page templates are provided as well as a step by step manual on how to create your page. You can then submit it to the National World War II Museum, and we will display your page for others to read, critique, and comment on.


What is meant by local area?


But before you begin, define your local area. For example, you may to decide to forgo your town in lieu of the largest metropolitan area closest to you. But whatever you decide, please make sure all your students are aware of the decision, and are researching the correct place.


What are some questions to help me plan out this project, especially its research process?


Not sure where to begin the research process? Read below for questions developed by our pilot teachers.

  • How long will my students spend researching?
  • Can we schedule a trip to the local library or archives for research?
  • Do I need to schedule trip to the school library?
  • Are the local paper archives accessible online?
  • How can my students find someone to interview?
  • What school artifacts are available for review?


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