To become familiar with events in Japan during the years following World War II.
1 class period
Students begin this activity by reading a story about events in Japan during the years following World War II. Topics include:
• Surrender of Japan
• Allied Military Occupation
• Postwar Boom
Afterwards, the class is divided into five teams that compete against each other in a fun and unique game which reviews the story.
When a question is asked by the teacher, the first person to raise their hand is called on. If their answer is correct, all class members print the name or term along the top row of spaces for the team giving the right answer. For example, if the answer was “warships,” spaces 1 through 8 would be filled with one letter each. You can see how the game forms look in the third thumbnail/preview image.
The team that fills its 54 spaces first wins the game. If no team can do this by the end of the period, then the team with the most spaces filled wins the game.
Students can look back at the at the reading section during the game to help them find answers.
The questions used to conduct the game are provided on the last two lesson pages, which only the teacher has during the game. When the game ends, you can give each student a copy of these pages to do as a quiz or review exercise.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.