Planning a unit on World War II? We have titles on appeasement policies, non-aggression pacts, invasions, and blitzes. This post contains title and activity suggestions to engage your students on all fronts.
Some desktop browse paths to try when you're looking for titles related to World War II (all of these begin from the "Stories" main page):
- Subject Areas > History > U.K.
- Subject Areas > Biographies > Governing/Ruling
- Subject Areas > Biographies > Military
- Subject Areas > Historical Fiction
- Subject Areas > History > U.S. > World War II
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- Ages 7 - 11
- Stone Angel by Jane Yolen
- Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz
- I Survived Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis
- The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II by Judith M. Heimann
- The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory A. Freeman
- Ages 11 - 14
- London Cage by Helen Fry
- Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Behind Nazi Lines by Timothy M. Gay
- A Rare Recording of Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee by Dan Akee
- Judy: The Unforgettable Story of the Dog Who Went to War and Became a True Hero by Damien Lewis
- That Was Our Job: A True Story of WWII by Bill Lepp
- Ages 14 - 19
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan
- Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler by Gerrard Williams, Simon Dunstan
- U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific by Gerold Frank, James D. Horan, Joseph Eckberg
- A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman
Help your students and other teachers find titles by including title recommendations with newsletters and social media posts. Students who dislike or struggle to find interest in written texts about historical events might be intrigued by audio!
Help students understand how children their age struggled through this period of world history. Project based learning is great for these units, throughout the grade levels:
- War time rationing meant more equal shouldering of the burden of scarce resources. Bake a batch of Ration Cakes, or print your own ration books to dole out time at Daily 5 stations.
- Create a giant map of the world on a bulletin board or wall. Listen to stories about the various events of the war and "place" them on the map using different colored pins to represent the different countries involved.
- Students can write out event names on ribbons of paper and create one sheet descriptions to be collected together in a binder. You can also create individual books to describe each event so students can watch the little library grow.
- For even more ideas on how to help students become better active listeners, check out our Pinterest board!