Instruction of Totalitarianism/WWII always falls around Valentine's Day. This "Speed Dating" activity is a fun way to incorporate the holiday into the curriculum. This activity is one of those "highlights" that kids talk about all year.
Students are assigned a leader pertinent to World War II: Winston Churchill, Francisco Franco, FDR, Emperor Hirohito, Adolf Hitler, Douglas MacArthur, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Hideki Tojo. They research their leader using two graphic organizers (provided). Then, they participate in “speed dating.” They get to “mingle” with other leaders and complete a corresponding chart.
2 graphic organizers to focus research
PPT slide for Speed Dating background
Speed Dating Chart