Looking for a good World War 2 map activity

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  1. magister

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    Anyone know of a WW2 map activity that could take about three or four classes to complete (40 min/per class)? I'm looking for a group-based map making lesson where students research famous battles, axis and ally and neutral states, and major cities/industries. This would be done on posterboard and require students to research at home.

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    What a great project you have for the students.

    Have them choose either the Pacific or European (including the African campaign) theater of operations.
     
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    I've solved my own problem. I decided to have groups of three/four collaborate on making a WW2 map of Europe (I don't want to offer the Pacific Theater for sake of simplicity). Each group must research (at home):
    1. Axis states
    2. Allied states
    3. States under Allied control (and Axis control)
    4. Capitals of each state
    5. Natural resources of each state

    Groups will meet for twenty minutes each class to compare research notes and check in with me. Then they'll make a rough sketch of their map and transfer it onto poster board. C'est le plan.
     
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    Did you abandon the placement of major battles? Do you mean countries instead of states?

    The control of countries changed hands during the war, so I guess you will have them target a specific date.

    I frequently meet with veterans of WWII and most of their talk is about their experiences as they relate to battles. The students might find the research on these battles a bit more interesting than learning about the natural resources.

    Part of their research might be to interview family that members that were involved in the war.
     
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    Major battles is part of it. They have to have seven battles/operations and their location. This is the first time I've done something like this, so it may be confusing for them. I just hope it goes well. I can see that the possibility of states being under Axis or Ally control may be problematic.
     

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