Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Pearl Harbor, and supports the standard of examining American involvement in World War II. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:  What do you know about the United States’ role in World War II? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Pearl Harbor topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Real Life” or “In Depth.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a newsreel announcing the events of Pearl Harbor.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the causes leading to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and its effects. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts representing the impacts of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Pearl Harbor.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did the WWII bring out the best and the worst sides of America’s national character?
  • Could internment happen today? Why or why not? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Pearl Harbor Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Dive deeply into World War II with BrainPOP’s World War II and World War II Causes topics. 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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