People and Places of World War II

Length: 68 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 3rd – 7th Grades
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How to Use This Course

People and Places of World War II is a series of stand-alone unit studies. The first unit, “The Who’s Who of WWII and the Paths Leading Them to War” covers twenty-one weeks. The second unit, “The American Home Front” covers forty-seven weeks. These are excellent supplements to a history class or a great introduction to this period of history for students. The class consists of numerous games and activities, puzzles, and projects that help students develop and sharpen skills in critical thinking, research, note taking, handwriting, history, geography, reading, writing,  art, math, analyzing, and much more. A list of additional resources for further study is also included.

Course Introduction

Who’s Who of World War II

World War II is a vast and difficult subject to teach, especially if you have learners of various ages. This unit study, The Who’s Who of WWII, will introduce your students to key figures, their countries, and the paths that led them to war.

War is an awful thing. It should not be glorified. However, we need not look any further than the Bible to learn that wars have been occurring for a very long time. There are numerous passages of Scripture pertaining to war (and peace). Some of those are included at the end of the unit for you to ponder and discuss.

The compact, fact-filled lessons in this unit can stand alone or make a great accompaniment to your history curriculum. They cover the years 1931-1941. Students may wish to expand their studies by using additional resources.

Many helpful links are sprinkled throughout the unit. A page is provided for you to add additional resources as you discover them.

The American Home Front

This unit study, The American Home Front of WWII: We’re in This War Together, focuses on the struggles, the failures, and the victories of America’s hometowns. Students will learn how cooperation, hard work, and personal sacrifices significantly affected the Allies’ victory.

The compact, fact-filled lessons in this unit can stand alone, or make a great accompaniment to your history curriculum. You can choose the activities best suited for your learner.  The content covers various aspects of the American home front during December 1941-September 1945. Students may wish to expand their studies by using additional resources.

Scattered throughout this unit study are helpful links to add enrichment to the learning experiences. A page is provided for you to add additional resources as you discover them.

Printable lessons with activities

Who’s Who of World War II


  • Lesson 1: Presidents, Prime Ministers, & More
  • Lesson 2: War Room Meeting—Discussion of Excellent Leader Qualities

Introducing the Axis and the Allies

  • Lesson 3: Where in the World?
  • Lesson 4: Map It
  • Lesson 5: Fly the Flag!
  • Lesson 6: “Take Note of This!”

Paths Leading to WWII

  • Lesson 7: Germany, France, and Great Britain
  • Lesson 8: Italy and the Soviet Union
  • Lesson 9: Japan and China
  • Lesson 10: The United States of America
  • Lesson 11: Timeline Activities
  • Lesson 12: Timeline of Events (1931-1941)
  • Lesson 13: “There’s a War Going On!” Bingo Game
  • Lesson 14: Just War?

Just a Little Taste

  • Lesson 15: Germany’s Potato Soup in Herb Sauce
  • Lesson 16: Great Britain’s Wartime Pastries
  • Lesson 17: South Africa’s Bunny Chow
  • Lesson 18: America’s SPAM to the Rescue!

We’re In It Together Now

  • Lesson 19: Writing Prompts
  • Lesson 20: Not Everyone
  • Lesson 21: Note Taking Cards

Culminating Activities

Bible Passages to Read and Ponder

The American Home Front

  • Lesson 1: Introducing America: Neutral No Longer
  • Lesson 2: December 7, 1941
  • Lesson 3: Make Trading Cards
  • Lesson 4: President Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor Speech
  • Lesson 5: Hometown Research Activity
  • Lesson 6: How News Traveled
  • Lesson 7: Radio
  • Lesson 8: Photo Evaluation
  • Lesson 9: What is Propaganda? Recognizing Today’s Propaganda
  • Lesson 10: Newspapers
  • Lesson 11: Analyze a Political Cartoon
  • Lesson 12: Newspaper Activity #1 (Notetaking)
  • Lesson 13: Newspaper Activity #2 (Spelling and Writing)
  • Lesson 14: Newspaper Activity #3: Write a Story
  • Lesson 15: Mail Call
  • Lesson 16: V-Mail
  • Lesson 17: Write a Letter to a Service Member
  • Lesson 18: Discrimination of Latinos and Japanese Americans
  • Lesson 19: Write a Persuasive Essay
  • Lesson 20: Read and Report
  • Lesson 21: Discrimination of African-Americans
  • Lesson 22: Research & Illustrate the Double V
  • Lesson 23: War Production and Industry
  • Lesson 24: The Workers and Rosie the Riveter
  • Lesson 25: Inventions and The Manhattan Project
  • Lesson 26: Military and Civil Defense
  • Lesson 27: Service Flags
  • Lesson 28: Propaganda Posters
  • Lesson 29: Create a Propaganda Poster
  • Lesson 30: Rations-Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without
  • Lesson 31: Watch a Short, Educational Film
  • Lesson 32: Bake a WWII Cake
  • Lesson 33: Bake a War Kitchen Cookie Recipe
  • Lesson 34: Victory Gardens and Salvage Drives
  • Lesson 35: Get in the Scrap
  • Lesson 36: Entertainment and Baseball
  • Lesson 37: Movies
  • Lesson 38: Music
  • Lesson 39: Glenn Miller
  • Lesson 40: Victory
  • Lesson 41: President Harry S. Truman
  • Lesson 42: Create a Trivia Game Show
  • Lesson 43: V-E Day and V-J Day
  • Lesson 44: E is for Excellence
  • Lesson 45: How Much Did WWII Cost?
  • Lesson 46: Thank a Veteran and Interview a Hometown Hero
  • Lesson 47: Culminating Activity Ideas

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