WWII Articles

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  1. Honey1021

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    My 4th graders are reading Number the Stars right now and they know nothing at all about WWII except what the boys have learned through video games. Does anyone have any age appropriate articles that would be a good intro to that or the Holocaust?
     
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    It seems strange to me when students show how little they know about WWII simply because I grew up hearing about it referred to often. I guess it just shows we are getting farther and farther from the event. It was such a defining event of the century that it always surprises me when kids today don't know what it was about or who was involved. I'll see what I can find to help you.
     
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    Which video games do they use? It would be interesting to somehow incorporate the video game into a lesson plan.
     
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    Oh also, I'm not supposed to post links, but I use the scholastic dot com website for their "World War II Remembered" content. If you do a search on their site for World War Two, it is the first link and has content about the home front, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and Anne Frank.

    Hope that's helpful!

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    Just FYI on the book. My mother in law lived a very similar life to the little girl in the book. She lived in Copenhagen and the family in the apartment next door disappeared. She and her mother watered their plants for years hoping they would return. Her father and her sister's husband were a big part of the resistance movement. The Tivoli park is delightful and inspired Walt Disney - specifically the Small world ride. The book is deadly accurate. have fun with it!
     
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    How interesting! Thanks for sharing Maryhf. I'll be sure to tell my students just how accurate the book is. I know we have the set somewhere in the school.
     
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    I ran into a bunch of old WWII newspapers which were printed during WWII in England. A friend was throwing them out. It was an excellent primary resource the students got to examine. We looked at ads, editorials, headlines, and advice... even cooking tips for rationing. It really sunk in and helped them visualize what the time period must have been like.

    I think Ebay has some old copies for sale.

    My students refer to video games too! :LOL: maybe they aren't half bad after all.
     
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    I think it would be really cool if one of your kids had a grandparent that served in WWII and that person could come in and share some age appropriate stories and their pictures with the class. My dad has done this for schools in Wisconsin. There are also some very nice veteran audio interviews you can get.

    I was trying to find the article on the internet that had interviews from my dad and other WWII vets along with middle school students comparing the 9-11 attacks and Pearl Harbor. It was really neat but I can not find it anywhere. I used to pull it up easily and I see it nowhere:(
     
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    If your kids do interview a grandparent and write something about their experiences, you have have them publish their work online at teacherscholastic.com / activities/ writing/ publish/ readsch.asp?tsid=WWII (just take out the spaces)
     
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    sorry that's teacher.scholastic. com
     

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