Many young students have never heard of The Holocaust. This topic is important for children to learn about because it teaches respect and tolerance for those who are different. Teaching young children about important topics lay a foundation which can be used as they get older.
While most children’s books that mention the Holocaust do not go into detail about the death of millions, they do show what happened to children at the time. Most of the books tell stories about lost friendships, heroes in the night, losing or finding one’s family, and more. These topics are good for children to read about because they teach a serious topic in a way which the students will be able to relate to.
The resources listed range in reading levels from picture books to short novels. They can be used for read alouds or literature circles. The videos range from short YouTube clips to full length documentaries which can be broken into smaller clips.
Activities in this project are designed to complement lessons on the Holocaust, discrimination, research skills, and more. Together with the literature, they create a powerful unit on the Holocaust and family values. Separate, they each serve an individual purpose. Each activity can be used at alternative times with adjustments or not at all.
What you get:
A list of grade appropriate reading materials for upper elementary through lower middle school (4-7) grades.
Five activities that can be used together or separately from the literature.