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The Museum has created these Lesson Plans that you may print out for your classroom use. Each lesson comes complete with directions, enrichment suggestions, and reproducible handouts and incorporate primary sources. Most lessons can be modified for middle or high school level.

Some Preliminary Considerations: Guidelines to consider before teaching about WWII

The National WWII Museum & The Common Core: How the Museum's lesson plans meet Common Core Standards

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Geography Lesson Plan


Meets Science standards

Primary Sources

Includes Primary Sources

English Language Arts

Meets ELA Standards


Meets Math Standards


Civics Lesson Plan


Includes an optional Skype Lesson Connection with a Museum educator
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The European and Pacific Theaters

When they came for me Hitler's Fatal Gamble Eisenhower Speaks

Exploring Personal and Collective Responsibility in WWII


Comparing Totalitarianism and Democracy


Analyzing Eisenhower's D-Day Orders

Where in the World War? D-Day Diary Mapping the Pacific

Primary SourcesGeographyELA
Mapping the Geography of D-Day


Primary SourcesELA
Exploring a D-Day Diary


Mapping the War in the Pacific

Dear Little Boys Day of Infamy

Primary SourcesELA
Analyzing a Letter About the Meaning of the War


Primary SourcesELA
Analyzing FDR's Pearl Harbor Address


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The Home Front

Working Women of WWII Changing Face of Women Winning Over Hearts and Minds

Primary SourcesELA
Exploring the Editorial Cartoon


Primary SourcesELA
Propaganda and Popular Opinion from WWII


Primary SourcesELA
Analyzing Propaganda Posters

Executive Orders Take a Memo Creative Voices

Primary SourcesELACivics
The President and African Americans


Primary SourcesELA
African American Soldiers


Primary SourcesELA
WWII Poetry of African Americans

Dr. Seuss

Primary SourcesELASkype
Analyzing Political Cartoons




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Blood Plasma Penicillin By the Numbers

Primary SourcesScience
Learn how blood transfusions saved lives on the battlefield


Primary SourcesScience
Analyze primary sources about the challenges of Penicillin production


Primary SourcesMath
Charting and Graphing WWII Data

Those Were the Days

Primary SourcesMath
Comparing Prices and Percentages from WWII



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WWII Overview

Long way from home ABCs of WWII What Makes a Hero

Primary SourcesGeographyELASkype
Hands-on Geography Lesson; Send us photos of your students' work!


An Artistic Vocabulary Lesson


Primary SourcesELA
A Reading and Writing Assignment

A Thousand Words D-Day Talk Show WWII Quiz

Primary Sources
Analyzing WWII Photographs


Producing a D-Day Talkshow


Students use technology to create their own WWII Quiz

WWII Jeopardy WWII Timeline

Primary Sources
Students use technology to create WWII Jeopardy


Primary Sources
Ideal for multiple grade levels, students trace the history of WWII using primary sources


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Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.

See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.

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. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.

Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.

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