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WebQuest Title:  Famous Battles of World War II 

Author:  Sarah Gurley            

Date:  March 4, 2003

Dear Colleague: 

This unit is designed to introduce students to World War II.  The parts of the war that are covered in this unit are the start of World War II and Hitler, the war in Europe and what brought the U.S. to be involved and how the war ended.  The first lesson is an introduction to Hitler and his growing power. This involves the use of an interactive lecture using PowerPoint and a cooperative learning project.  The second lesson is on the war in Europe.  This involves the use of an interactive lecture using PowerPoint and multi-media video.  The third lesson is on the U.S. involvement and the end of the war.  This involves the use of an interactive lecture using powerpoint and a group discussion.  Then, students will work on a webquest on famous battles of World War II.  The unit will conclude with student presentations of their webquest project.        

Unit Summary:  

Goals/Objectives: 

  1. Students will be introduced to the causes of World War II.
  2. Students will learn about the war's famous events, places and times.
  3. Students will learn about how the war ended.

Days:

7 Days (60 minute blocks)

Content: 

The content of this unit is World War II and its important people, places and events.

Methods:

The unit will be conveyed using interactive lecture using PowerPoint, cooperative learning projects, multi-media, group discussion and a webquest.

Webquest  Summary: 

Goals/Objectives:

  1. Students will use the internet to research some of the famous battles of World War II.

    Days:

4 Days (60-minute blocks)

    Content:

Students will explore several websites such as http://www.guadalcanal.com.sb/ and http://www.dday.org/start.html to learn about the battles.  At these sites, students will learn how each battle developed as well  as important facts.  

    Methods:

The webquest methods will be done with technology and visual aids.  On the webquest, there will be several links for research.  There will be different links on each of the different battle.  The webquest also contains pictures from the battles.  

Teacher's Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Teacher Background Resources
http://www.worldwarhistory.com/wwii/index.htm 

http://marina.fortunecity.com/reach/77/index.html  

http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Facility/3991/ww2history.htm 
http://www.lowendmac.com/archive/02/0531.html  
 http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/00-2/lp2206.shtml 

Webquest Teacher Resources
http://users.pandora.be/dave.depickere/ 
http://www.mm.com/user/jpk/battle.htm 
 http://www.ddaymuseum.org/index.html?bhcp=1 
 http://www.grunts.net/wars/20thcentury/wwii/guadalcanal/guadalcanal.html 
http://history.acusd.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/LUTZ/iwo.html 
http://www.guadalcanal.com.sb/
http://www.accessweb.com/users/rbereznicki/over.html-ssi 
http://www.eagle19.freeserve.co.uk/cassino.htm
http://users.skynet.be/bulgecriba/battlebul.htm
http://www.iwojima.com/
http://users.pandora.be/stalingrad/
http://www.dday.org/start.html

http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/classroom/gcse/staling.htm 

Student Background Resources
 http://www.angelfire.com/mn3/history_ww2/site2.html 
 http://www.wwiimemorial.com/ 
 http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/index.shtml 
http://ww2.vet.org/default.asp 
Webquest Student Resources
http://motlc.wiesenthal.org/pages/t054/t05445.html 
http://www.dday.org/start.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/
http://search.eb.com/normandy/
http://www.isidore-of-seville.com/d-day/
http://www.mm.com/user/jpk/battle.htm 
http://campus.northpark.edu/history/WebChron/World/Bulge.html
http://www.trabel.com/bastogne/bastogne-battlebulge.htm
http://www.worldwar2history.info/Bulge/
http://users.skynet.be/bulgecriba/battlebul.htm
http://www.grunts.net/wars/20thcentury/wwii/guadalcanal/guadalcanal.html
http://www.friesian.com/history/guadal.htm
http://www.guadalcanal.com.sb/
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/brochures/72-8/72-8.htm 
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/guadlcnl/guadlcnl.htm
http://users.pandora.be/stalingrad/
http://www.stalingrad.com.ru/history/german_army.htm
http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/stalingrad/default.aspx 
http://zhukov.mitsi.com/Stalingrad.htm
http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/classroom/gcse/staling.htm 


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


Day 1    
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Interactive Lecture on the start of World War II and Hitler In this lesson students will be introduced to Hitler and the beginning of World War II.

Beginning of the War Power Point

Cooperative Learning Project (3-4) students To help students understand the connection between events at the beginning of the war, students will create a timeline of major events from 1939 to 1941.  They are to arrange the events in sequential order.  What they don't finish they will take home and finish using notes and their book.  

World War II Timeline

     
     
     
     
     

 


Day 2 Lesson  
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Interactive Lecture on the start of the war. In this lesson students will learn about the start of the war in Europe and what brought the U.S. to be involved.

World War II Begins Power Point

Multi-Media

Movie-Sink the Bismark

This movie will introduce students to the Bismark, the huge ship which was hurting the British war effort.  Students will take notes to further their knowledge.  Only a portion of the movie will be shown due to time constraints.  Students will take notes on the movie to turn in for homework the next day to show they were paying attention.

Sink the Bismark Movie 

     
     
     
     
     

Day 3 Lesson    
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Interactive Lecture on the U.S. entering the war

In the lesson, students will learn about how the war ended after the U.S. entered the war.

The U.S. enters the war

Group Discussion

Student will share their thoughts and opinions on the overall unit thus far.  Key concepts will be recorded on the board or on a transparency.

None

     
     
     
     
     

Day 4 Lesson   
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Cooperative Learning Webquest

Introduce Webquest to the students.  Field questions if any.  Assign groups randomly.  Randomly give students a battle to research.  Let students start webquest.  They should begin researching their battle.

Webquest, computer access

     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 5 Lesson   
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Cooperative Learning Webquest

Students work on researching their battle.  They are to begin compiling materials to use. 

Webquest, computer access

     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 6 Lesson   
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Cooperative Learning Webquest

Groups will have today to work on their final products for webquest. 

Webquest, Poster Board, scissors, markers, construction paper, glue, computer access

     
     
     
     
     
     

 Day 7 Lesson   
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Cooperative Learning Webquest

Groups will have a few minutes to get together before presenting their movie posters and turning in their scripts.  Finish with webquest and end of unit. Poster Board, scissors, markers, construction paper, glue, computer access-only if needed.
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

Students WebQuest :

Student's Section-Give this address to your students

Conclusion:

After the class has finished with this unit the students will have a better understanding of World War II and some of its famous battles.  Please feel free to modify this lesson for your own use. Thank you for viewing my webquest.  Sarah Gurley

Credits/References:

I have used many resources to make this unit and webquest.  The resources used are listed above.