We have finished another period of history — WW2. I admit that I learned a lot myself about this monumental war. Here are the primary resources we used for this (four to five week) unit:
I ditched the Winter Promise reading schedule and instead used this book as our WW2 spine. (I really like all the books in this series.)
I chose select stories from this book.
Story of World War 2 (Dover coloring book)
WW2 Historical Fiction
Journey to America (read aloud)
Don’t You Know There’s a War On? (Sprite read alone)
Snow Treasure (read aloud)
The Music of WW2 This is a fabulous site that has authentic songs from the time period — ballads, Big Band music, political songs, etc. So much fun!
I asked Sprite if she’d rather do a lapbook or notebook for WW2, and she chose a lapbook. It’s been quite some time since we’ve made one, actually, so I was rather glad she’s not outgrown them altogether. (Not that I think lapbooks are only for young children, but it seems that she was getting tired of them.)
For the lapbook base, we did something different. We used two very large manila envelopes to make a book with pages and pockets. I got the idea here. (I made my own tutorial which will be posted at Heart of the Matter later.) This envelope base is perfect for a lapbooking-notebooking combo since you can slide notebooking pages into the pockets.
Inside — first spread
Here is a list of the minibooks Sprite created. I listed the links we used for graphics or for study where applicable. For the most part, each book represents a summary of the day’s lesson. In some cases, we pulled a specific detail out of the reading to focus on, for example the Thompson gun.
1. German U-boats trifold
3. Start of WW2 four-sixths book
- Hitler & Stalin image
7. Pearl Harbor is Bombed pentagon special fold
8. Japanese Internment Camps matchbook
9. Rosie the Riveter single fold
11. Thompson Sub-machine Gun single fold with four corner book inside
(Sprite’s choice of one WW2 weapon)
(This was a hard topic, needless to say, and I didn’t require Spite to write about it. It disturbed her too much. Instead, she cut out text from a worksheet linked below.
- There are some powerful black and white photographs in this PDF. (I ended up not showing them to Sprite. The reading was hard enough.)
- Remembrance Poster
- Iwo Jima (statue) coloring page
- Hiroshima map (Japan)
- mushroom cloud
WW2 Notebooking Pages
I really liked this visual literacy PDF. Each page has either a political cartoon or a photograph to analyze and learn from. We used several pages from it as notebooking sheets to add to the pockets of the lapbook.
We used a WW2 map of Europe from our Knowledge Quest Maps CD.