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World War II (1939-1945)
Theme Unit

            The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Grades 5-6)
            The Story of USS Arizona (Grades 5-6)

Document Based Activities
     Document Based Activities

Make a Daily World War II (1939-1945)Theme Unit Activity Lesson Plan Book
        Daily World War II (1939-1945)Theme Unit Activity Lesson Plan Book

Short Reading Comprehensions
Very Quick Readers
     Anne Frank's Diary (Very Quick Reader; Grades 3-4 Readability)
     Japan Surrenders (Very Quick Reader; Grades 5-7 Readability)
     Sneak Attack: Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor (Very Quick Reader; Grades 5-8 Readability)
     The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial (Very Quick Reader; Grades 5-8 Readability)

Short Readers
     Why Do We Have Pearl Harbor Day? (Short Reader; Grades 2-4 Readability)
     The Radar Readers (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     The USS Nevada (Short Reader; Grades 5-7 Readability)
     Pearl Harbor: Before the Mayhem (Short Reader; Grades 6-8 Readability)
     The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Short Reader; Grades 6-8 Readability)

Reading Comprehensions
World War II History
     Paratrooper, Part 1 - First Jump (Grades 3-5)
     Paratrooper, Part 2 - Behind Enemy Lines (Grades 3-5)
     Safe at Home - Civil Defense in WWII (Grades 4-5)
     When Battleships Ruled the Seas (Grades 4-6)
     Flat Tops - How Aircraft Carriers Took Over the Seas (Grades 4-6)
     The New War Horse - Tanks in WWII (Grades 4-6)
     The "Mosquito Fleet" - WWII PT Boats (Grades 4-6)
     The Important Role of Women During World War II (Grades 4-6)
     War Beneath the Waves - Wolfpacks, Hunters, and Hedgehogs (Grades 5-7)
     War Beneath the Waves - Sardine Duty: Life as a Submariner (Grades 5-7)
     The Truck That Did Everything But Bake a Cake (Grades 5-7)
     Children of Japanese Relocation Camps (Grades 5-7)
     Appeasement - Germany Before World War II (Grades 6-8)
     The Nazi Party (Grades 6-8)
     Adolf Hitler (Grades 6-8)
     Germany Invades Poland (Grades 6-8)
     Jews in Germany - Nuremberg Laws (Grades 6-8)
     Hitler Youth and German Girls League (Grades 6-8)
     Education in Nazi Germany (Grades 6-8)
     The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (Grades 6-8)
     Women on the Home Front - Rosie the Riveter (Grades 6-8)
     The Secret of the Code Breaker, Part 1 (Grades 6-8)
     The Secret of the Code Breaker, Part 2 (Grades 6-8)
     Hazardous Duty - Bombers of WWII and Their Crews (Grades 6-8)
     High Flying Heroes - Fighter Planes and Pilots of WWII (Grades 6-8)
     V-E Day (Grades 6-8)
     Warriors and Heroes - Native Americans in World War II (Grades 7-9)
     "Go for Broke" - the Nisei Warriors (Grades 7-9)
     The United Nations Becomes a Reality (Grades 7-9)
     An Overview of the Nuremberg Trials (Grades 7-9)
     The Friendship Train (Grades 7-9)
     The Merci Train (Grades 7-9)
     Rations, Salvage, and Victory Gardens (Grades 8-9)
     Buying War Bonds (Grades 8-9)
     Home Front - USO (Grades 8-10)
     Hollywood at War (Grades 8-10)
     The Draft (Grades 8-10)
     The Manhattan Project (Grades 8-10)
     The Manhattan Project (Grades 8-10)
     Women at War (Grades 8-10)
     Warriors and Heroes - How Forbidden Languages Helped Win a War (Grades 9-12)
     The "Japanese Problem" of WWII - A Struggle of Fear and Freedom (Grades 9-12)
     The Color of Heroes - The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen (Grades 9-12)
     "Shikata Ga Nai" - That's Just the Way It Is, Part 1 (Hi/Lo Grades 3-5)
     "Shikata Ga Nai" - That's Just the Way It Is, Part 2 (Hi/Lo Grades 3-5)

Pacific Front
     Battle of the Coral Sea (Grades 6-8)
     Guadalcanal (Grades 6-8)
     Battle of Midway Island (Grades 6-8)
     Iwo Jima (Grades 6-8)
     Warrior's Heart, Part 1 - Ira Hayes (Grades 6-8)
     Warrior's Heart, Part 2 - Ira Hayes (Grades 6-8)
     The Attack on Pearl Harbor (Grades 6-8)
     What Led to the Attack on Pearl Harbor? (Grades 6-8)
     The Beginning of War in Japan (Grades 7-9)
     Pearl Harbor (Grades 7-9)
     The First Battle of Philippines (Grades 7-9)
     The Philippine Sea (Grades 7-9)
     Battle of Leyte (Grades 7-9)
     Okinawa - WWII's Bloodiest Battle (Grades 7-9)
     The Final Blow (Grades 7-9)
     V-J Day, Part 1 - Longing for Peace (Grades 7-9)
     V-J Day, Part 2 - "It's Over!" (Grades 7-9)
     Australia - Down Under Threatened (Grades 8-10)

Leveled Books
            Children's Hero For Peace: Sadako Sasaki

Anne Frank
             Anne Frank

Book Units
    Sadako (Grades 1-3)
    How I Learned Geography (Grades 2-5)
    Class President (Grades 3-5)
    The Day-Glo Brothers (Grades 3-5)
    Twenty and Ten (Grades 3-5)
    Mickey and Me (Grades 3-6)
    Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Grades 3-6)
    Snow Treasure (Grades 3-6)
    Daniel's Story (Grades 4-6)
    Escape from Warsaw (Grades 4-6)
    Number the Stars (Grades 4-6)
    Someone Named Eva (Grades 4-6)
    Timothy of the Cay (Grades 4-6)
    Yellow Star (Grades 4-6)
    Journey to Topaz (Grades 4-7)
    Hiroshima (Grades 4-8)
    On the Wings of Heroes (Grades 4-8)
    Summer of My German Soldier (Grades 5-7)
    Milkweed (Grades 5-8)
    The Dragonfly Pool (Grades 5-8)
    The Night Journey (Grades 5-8)
    Weedflower (Grades 5-8)
    Dancing Carl (Grades 5-9)
    Farewell to Manzanar (Grades 5-9)
    Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery (Grades 5-10)
    The Cay (Grades 6-7)
    Friedrich (Grades 6-8)
    The Devil's Arithmetic (Grades 6-8)
    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Grades 6-8)
    When My Name was Keoko (Grades 6-9)
    Flygirl (Grades 6-10)
    Aleutian Sparrow (Grades 6-12)
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Grades 7-12)
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Grades 7-12)
    All My Sons (Grades 9-12)
    Catch-22 (Grades 9-12)
    Dawn (Grades 9-12)
    Mother Courage and Her Children (Grades 9-12)
    Night (Grades 9-12)

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