World Wars I and II
Age 10-12: Concept 2 - Force and Power: Unit 3

The first half of the twentieth century was marked by two world wars. In this unit, you'll learn about the causes of these wars, the impact of wars on both soldiers fighting on the front lines and on families on the homefront, the impact of new technologies, and the long-lasting effects of these wars on the United States and the world. For your final project, you'll create a board game that will help others have fun while learning more about World War II.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used in conjunction with the literature unit for Number the Stars.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the fifth or sixth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: World War I Begins
  • Lesson 2: In the Trenches and on the Homefront
  • Lesson 3: The End of World War I
  • Lesson 4: World War II Before U.S. Involvement
  • Lesson 5: Mobilizing for War (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Wartime Skills
  • Lesson 7: War in the Pacific and North Africa
  • Lesson 8: War in Europe (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: The End of World War II (2 Days)
  • Final Project: A World War II Board Game (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the political, economic, and social impact of major wars, including World War I and World War II. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the impact of World War II on the economic, political, social, and military roles of different groups, including women and minorities. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the impact of wars and conflicts on United States citizens. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the impact of World War I and World War II on United States citizens. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the impact of World War I on United States citizens. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the impact of World War II on United States citizens. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the significance of major events and military engagements associated with World War II. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the significance of key ideas and individuals associated with World War II. (Social Studies)
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