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Growing Up During World War II

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Author:Meghan Hunt
Organization:Troy University
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 29174


Growing Up During World War II


This is a whole group inquiry lesson that is largely, but not entirely, technology-based. Through the use of a PhotoStory-created movie, students will learn about several basic concepts related to life in Alabama during World War II. More specifically, aspects of life that affected children growing up during this time will be discussed.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (3-5)
7. Explain the influence of technology on society.
Examples: multiple digital communities, medical and agricultural advancements
SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
13. Describe the economic and social impact of World War II on Alabamians, including entry of women into the workforce, increase in job opportunities, rationing, utilization of Alabama's military installations, military recruitment, the draft, and a rise in racial consciousness.
  • Recognizing Alabama participants in World War II, including the Tuskegee Airmen and women in the military
  • Justifying the strategic placement of military bases in Alabama, including Redstone Arsenal, Fort Rucker, Fort McClellan, and Craig Air Force Base
  • Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

    Define the following terminology as it relates to World War II: rationing, drafts, home front, economy, manufacture.

    Explain the role children played in supporting the war effort.

    Explain rationing and its importance during World War II.

    Define PhotoStory.


    Compare and contrast PhotoStory to visual aids used in classrooms of the 1940s (based upon the viewing of a primary source image).


    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    0 to 30 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Anticipation Guide (1 copy per child), Anticipation Guide key, Vocabulary flash cards

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer and projector, Windows Media Player, PhotoStory file, Internet connection



    Step 1
    Begin the lesson by having students complete the Pre-Test portion the attached Anticipation Guide. When finished, either collect tests or have students put them away for later use, then state the objectives of today's lesson.
    Lesson Materials to be attached:

    Title: World War II Anticipation Guide (WW2 anticipation guide.doc)
    Annotation: This is the pre-/post-test that will be used in conjunction with the lesson.
    Step 2
    Using vocabulary flash cards and appropriate, teach or address each of the following vocabulary words: draft, home front, rationing, manufacturing, economy, Paint Rock, Alabama (website #1), Germany (website #2 or #3).
    Web Links Title:
    #1 - Mapquest: Paint Rock, Alabama
    #2 - Smart Atlas
    #3 - Maps of the World
    #1 - Paint+Rock&state=AL
    #2 -
    #3 -
    #1 - This will bring up a map that can be used to show students who may be unfamiliar with the area where Paint Rock, Alabama is.
    #2 & 3 - Both of these websites will bring up political maps a the Earth to show students where Germany is in relation to the United States.
    Step 3
    Play the PhotoStory for students.
    Lesson Materials to be attached:

    Title: PhotoStory - Growing Up During World War II (WW2_PS.wmv)
    Annotation: This is a video file made using PhotoStory (played using Windows Media Player) that will help teach the main concepts of the lesson.
    Step 4
    Following the viewing of the PhotoStory, conduct a class discussion about what they have learned to help reinforce the objectives. Use the following questions as a guide:
    What did children do to help with the war effort? What materials did they collect, and what were these materials used for?
    What is rationing and how did it work? What household items were rationed during the war?
    How did things change economically after the war ended?
    What do you think about the closing quotation? ("I wish all generations following World War II would remember the sacrifices that were made for our freedom by so many during the war.")
    How does a PhotoStory compare to visual aids used in classrooms during the 1940s? (view slide 5 of PhotoStory)

    Step 5
    Close lesson by administering the Post-Test portion of the Anticipation Guide. Review answers with the students after they have turned in their papers, if you wish.


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    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will assess student knowledge of today’s objectives by grading the post-test.



    Write and define the following vocabulary words on index cards: draft, home front, rationing, manufacturing, economy.  Write one sentence for each word in the context of World War II.

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.