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Science and Technology of WWII
Category: Science
Tags: ww2 facts ww2 history timeline of ww2 ww2 lesson plans

Free this week at Kids Discover: Pearl Harbor.

A poster from the National WWII Museum shows how the science and technology of WWII not only helped us fight and win the war, but how it continues to influence many aspects of our lives today. The poster also features instructions for making a version of synthetic rubber, a material scientists began experimenting with due to a shortage in the natural rubber supply.

Download the poster here. 

Learn more about the technology of WWII with this History Channel interactive: 

Free PDF Books: 

The museum also has a great website that focuses on the science and technology of WWII. The site features: 

Darkroom of images of artifacts related to WWII science and technology, in such areas as medicine, communications, rocketry, and mathematics.

Timeline outlining activities leading to the development of the atomic bomb.

Top 10 List page where you can vote for what you think was the greatest scientific achievement during WWII. There's also a Bottom Five poll on the worst uses of technology during the war.

Cipher Disk you can use to send and decipher coded messages.

Discussion questions, lesson plans, and essays.

Submit questions to the experts at the WWII museum and read answers to questions submitted by others.



Happy Thanksgiving
Category: Misc.
Tags: thanksgiving

(Photo by Lucy Heath on Unsplash)

Thanksgiving Games and Interactives

Pilgrims and Mayflower

Pilgrims to American: A Pictorial History

Thanksgiving Facts and Trivia

Thanksgiving History and Math Lessons

Thanksgiving Print Pack

FIrst Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

Thankgiving and Native Americans podcast

 7 Fun Facts For Thanksgiving

History with Primary Sources
Category: Social Studies
Tags: primary sources primary source documents

Incorporating primary source analysis into your history studies is easier than ever these days due to a number of free sites with ready-made lessons and activities. Here are several for American history:

Write an Essay: At Zoom in, individual lessons guide learners in the study of different types of primary sources, such as speeches, letters, political cartoons, oral histories, audio recordings, and photographs. After weighing the evidence and different perspectives, students write an explanatory or argumentative essay. (One example: the benefits and disadvantages for young women working in America’s first factories). The lessons cover all the major eras of U.S. history.

 

Another site that presents conflicting accounts for debate, and prompts learners to respond with an essay, is Historical Thinking Matters.

 

Investigate a Historical Scene: Explore various case files to draw conclusions about historical events. What caused the Jamestown colony to fail? Who was responsible for the Boston Massacre? What was it like for children living during the Civil War? Through these and other investigations at Historical Scene Investigation, students become history detectives by analyzing evidence, searching for clues, and finally cracking the case.

 

Solve a History Mystery: At The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, explore the wars Americans have fought through primary sources. You can also play an interactive Who Am I game that presents you with a mystery character you identify using as clues a quotation and objects associated with that character.

 

 

Sharpen Critical Thinking with Interactives: Annenberg Learner presents a series of primary source-based interactives that target such critical thinking skills as analysis, and development of a thesis. The site also features an American History Course organized into 22 units, with videos, text, questions and activities. Each unit presents several broad themes that can be studied, and also includes associated primary documents, like old photographs and political cartoons, plus assignments to go along with them.

 

Use Guided Analysis Worksheets: These worksheets, developed by the Education Staff of the National Archives and Records Administration, provide questions for examining:

Visit the Library of Congress site for addtional primary source study guides.

Related Post: Learning History Through Role-Playing

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