Why were Americans so afraid during the Arms Race with the Soviet Union? Some of the American behaviors, films, and objects reflecting fear of the Soviet Union are laughable to us now, but students will come to understand why the United States was consumed by uneasiness during the Arms Race with the "Reds."
Throughout the lesson, students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer that asks students to discern whether they think the dropping of the atomic bomb was a good decision.
2) Read an introductory piece about the Arms Race with the Soviet Union.
3) Watch and discuss the "Duck and Cover" drills films shown in American schools.
4) Using an online nuclear weapon simulator, drop Soviet and American atomic and hydrogen bombs on nearby cities and figure out what kind of damage would be done to your school's community.
5) Analyze three historical sources pertaining to the Arms Race.
6) Finish with an exit ticket that asks students to synthesize a conclusion about why Americans were so fearful during this era.
Answer Key and Extension Activities included!