ALEX Learning Activity

Children in the Shadows: Creating a Holocaust Remembrance Tile

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Hannah Bradley
System:Dothan City
School:Carver Magnet School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2397
Children in the Shadows: Creating a Holocaust Remembrance Tile
Digital Tool/Resource:
Holocaust Tile Template-TeacherVision
Web Address – URL:

Students will view images of the Children's Tile Wall from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Students will learn about the meaning and creation of the wall by visiting the museum's website. Finally, students will create their own Holocaust Remembrance Tile that will illustrate the horrors young people faced during the Holocaust. 

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit. 

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
6 ) Identify causes and consequences of World War II and reasons for the United States' entry into the war.

•  Locating on a map Allied countries and Axis Powers
•  Locating on a map key engagements of World War II, including Pearl Harbor; the battles of Normandy, Stalingrad, and Midway; and the Battle of the Bulge
•  Identifying key figures of World War II, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Michinomiya Hirohito, and Hideki Tōjō
•  Describing the development of and the decision to use the atomic bomb
•  Describing human costs associated with World War II
Examples: the Holocaust, civilian and military casualties

•  Explaining the importance of the surrender of the Axis Powers ending World War II

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.6.6- Identify the broad causes and participants of World War II; locate major World War II countries on a map and label Axis and Allied countries; identify at least one major individual involved in World War II including FDR, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin; identify at least one major event of World War II, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, and the bombing Hiroshima.

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to describe the human costs of World War II by creating Remembrance Tiles to memorialize the individuals who lost their lives during the Holocaust. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

1. Students will view an image of the Children's Tile Wall located in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

2. Students will view the FAQ page from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to learn about the meaning and creation of the Children's Tile Wall (view FAQ #10). 

3. Tell students they will be creating a Holocaust Remembrance Tile to memorialize the children who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. Students can use the image of the Children's Tile Wall as inspiration. 

4. Give students a copy of the Holocaust Tile Template and give students time to illustrate their tile with symbols of the Holocaust (i.e. Star of David, striped pajamas, etc.). If desired, the teacher can allow students to look up additional ideas on the internet. (See note regarding a related before activity in the "Advanced Preparation" section, if students need background information about the Holocaust.)

5. On the back of the tile, have students write at least one human cost of the Holocaust (i.e. how were Jewish people affected during the Holocaust).

6. Have students cut out their completed tile and assemble the class's tiles into a Remembrance Wall for display in the classroom or hallway. Note: The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27.

Assessment Strategies:

To assess student mastery of the standard, view each student's Holocaust Remembrance Tile. Be sure the student included images that represent the horrors of the Holocaust as well as at least one statement regarding the human cost of the Holocaust. 

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will need to print a copy of the Holocaust Tile template for each student. The students will need art supplies (colored pencils/crayons/markers) and scissors. If the teacher has access to art supplies, students could actually paint a ceramic tile. 

If students require prior knowledge of the Holocaust, the teacher can present the corresponding before activity, prior to the implementation of this after activity:

Children in the Shadows: The Human Costs of World War II

Variation Tips (optional):

For additional information about the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, students can visit this website: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

A free account will need to be created on the TeacherVision website in order to download the resource. Alternatively, the teacher can have students complete the activity on a blank white sheet of paper. 

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: holocaust, holocaust memorial museum, remembrance wall, world war two