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World War II for Upper Grades

These sites cover the events of World War II (1939-1945). There are several first-hand accounts in text and audio from people involved in the war effort. Other topics include life on the homefront, the role of women, and the type of airplanes and weapons used. Includes biographies, letters, images, posters, video, and audio clips. There are links to eThemes Resources on various related topics.


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Learn about Missouri's Harry Truman and the role he played during WWII and following its conclusion. Explore the photos, documents and multimedia files.
See how U.S. war propaganda was used in posters. At the bottom of each page, click on "Next Page" to see more.
An encyclopedia in timeline format. Use the links at the bottom to move to the next decade. NOTE: The website includes pop-up and banner ads.
Read this short biography of President Roosevelt. NOTE: The website includes pop-up and banner ads.
Click on the "Revise" links to read more about Hitler and the Nazis, then take the quizzes by clicking on the "Test" links. Note: This site has a link leads to discussion forum.
Learn about the conscientious objectors to fighting in World War II. Read their thoughts and view a timeline. Some text may be difficult for younger students, but the timeline is good.
Read about the struggles of black soldiers against prejudice during World War II. NOTE: The website includes pop-up and banner ads.
Here is a slideshow of 3D planes that were used during World War II.
Learn about how Japanese Americans were treated during World War II.
This website is a companion to a documentary about the Japanese Internment Camps that were in America during World War II. Includes video clips of Japanese Americans talking about their experiences during the war. NOTE: The website includes a discussion board.
Learn all about D-Day on this PBS site. Click on "Special Features" to read real letters written by soldiers, read the stories of soldiers, and more. There are also maps, timelines, and biographies.
This site lists women pilots in World War II. Includes photos and personal information.
Read what some of women in journalism did in the front. Includes photos and primary documents.
This lesson plan provides ideas for learning about women's roles during World War II. Note: This site includes ads.
Learn about power of persuasion from media during World War II. Includes posters and audio files.
In this activity, students will explore different viewpoints and perspectives towards events from the World War II era, including role playing activity, Japanese Americans, and Pearl Harbor.
Students will study life in concentration camps during World War II and keep Holocaust Journals.
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines. There are links to eThemes Resources on books set in the 1930s.
Learn about the surprise Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Includes timelines, maps, eyewitness accounts, and photographs. Take a virtual tour of the USS Arizona Memorial or listen to audio of President Roosevelt's famous speech about this "day of infamy."
These sites for older students explain about the Battle of Guadalcanal. Read first-hand accounts from American and Japanese soldiers. Learn about the naval and air defenses and read about the history of this battle. Includes maps, timelines, and photographs. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on World War II.
These sites are about the Holocaust and the devastating impact that it had on Jewish people and others. Also includes information about Adolf Hitler, concentration camps, crematoriums, and resistance fighters. There are videos of survivors talking about their experiences, plus many photos. Includes links to eThemes Resources on World War II and "The Diary of Anne Frank."



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