9 Must-Have Teacher Resources for Teaching World War II – History Teacher WWII Lessons and Resources

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9 Must-Have Teacher Resources for Teaching World War II

Top History Teacher Resources That Help Teach WWII

Here are nine best-selling teacher favorites for teaching World War II, including downloadable thematic units, classroom posters, and fun activities for teaching and learning about WWII.

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World War II Teaching Resources

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: World War II Download

World History Thematic Hybrid Unit: World War II Download

Seamlessly Teach World War II in ANY Setting!

This is an entire unit in one place! Editable PDFs include teacher and student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Designed for in-class use and remote learning, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Show Me Challenges and Clues on World War II, Historical Speech Analysis: Sir Winston Churchill “Their Finest Hour,” and Document-Based Questions on the Holocaust.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with rich imagery and bolded key terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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Also available in the complete set: Complete World History 2 Thematic Hybrid Unit Curriculum Set of 9 Downloads

U.S. History Thematic Hybrid Unit: World War II Download

U.S. History Thematic Hybrid Unit: World War II Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Easy Debate: Should the United States Have Dropped the Atomic Bombs?, SHOW ME Challenges and Clues: World War II, Historical Speech Analysis: Franklin D. Roosevelt “Day of Infamy,” and Document-Based Questions: The Last Great War.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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Also available in the complete set: Complete U.S. History 2 Thematic Hybrid Unit Curriculum Set of 9 Downloads

The Essential U.S. History Primary Source Library: World War II Download

The Essential U.S. History Primary Source Library: World War II Download

This fully projectable download contains 25 digitized primary sources from World War II, plus an explanation of primary and secondary sources, and 10 reproducible mnemonic device graphic organizers to support your lesson. The World War II download features documents like:

  • FDR’s Day of Infamy speech
  • We Can Do It! poster
  • Images from the front lines
  • And more!

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Inquire & Investigate: World War II Book

Inquire & Investigate: World War II Book

Inquire & Investigate: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

What did we learn from World War II? Could another world war ever happen again?

Hands-on investigative activities supported with informational text, primary sources, key questions, timelines, and vocab guide students as they examine World War II.

  • Deconstruct patriotic songs of the era
  • Analyze world maps during different time periods
  • Read primary sources from Jewish people living in ghettos during the 1940s
  • And more!

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World War II Posters

World War II Propaganda Mini-Poster Set

World War II Propaganda Mini-Poster Set

Authentic World War II Propaganda

This curated collection of 20 propaganda posters from the WWII era serves as a strong primary source set to promote discussions on civil defense, patriotism, the war effort, the culture and fears of the time, conservation efforts, the many roles of women and volunteers on the home front, and more! Includes free Teachable Moments™ activity pages.

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World War II Timeline Poster

World War II Timeline Poster

World War II Timeline—Conflict in Context!

The Second World War at a glance. Comprehensive timeline features dates, decisive battles, leaders, pop-culture figures and events, iconic images, and key information about the war that shaped the world we know today.

  • Spark discussions of history, events, causes and the effects of the war, and more with your students.

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World War II Mini-Posters Set of 13

World War II Mini-Posters Set of 13

Captivating WWII Mini-Poster Set

  • 13 Individual Mini-Posters to Display
  • Great Classroom Visual Reference
  • Ignite Student Topic Discussions

Give students a new look at World War II with these 13 brightly colored posters. Each of the 13 posters has the feel of the war era and highlights an important event in the war or pop culture of the time. Show students what was going on in the war and on the home front.

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Faces of World War II Enhanced® Mini-Poster Set

Faces of World War II Enhanced® Mini-Poster Set

Enhanced® Posters Put Your Students in the Middle of the Action

More than just writing on the wall, these mini-posters show students World War II like never before!

  • Prominent figures from World War II
  • QR codes lead students directly to related primary-source film clips
  • Reproducible video analysis worksheet

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World War II Classroom Activities

Build It Yourself: World War II Book

Build It Yourself: World War II Book

20 Projects to Discover What Life Was Like During WWII

What made the countries of the world return to war after “the war to end all wars”?

Twenty projects supported with easy-to-read text, timelines, maps, images, sidebars, vocab, and web resources show students what life was like during World War II.

  • Build a spotter model airplane
  • Design a recruitment poster
  • Make a paper crane
  • And more!

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