If you teach about World War II and are looking for a few different activities to help your students better understand the main concepts and people involved these might be just what you are looking for.
32 WORLD WAR ii TRADING CARDS TO BE MADE:
Here is a way your students can discover these historic figures that allows them to find out some basic facts, but also allows them to identify what they think is important about each person. Each trading card has the same format and allows students to gather a very brief snapshot of who these people were and what they did that contributed to the history of World War II in a positive or a negative way. Decide how many you'd like students to do and make a mini-research project out of it. Kids really enjoy this format!
This file is in .pdf format and can be printed on standard 8.5x11 inch paper. Each trading card is on a half sheet of paper and will need to be cut out by students to write on and fold to make into front/back trading cards.
For each person students will identify the following:
Date of Birth
Date of Death
Cause of Death
Role in World War II
There isn't a lot of room for students to write so they'll have to be brief and to the point, thus contributing to the brief snapshot of each person's life.
Each trading card is set up to be folded into a front and a back and could be stapled together or left unfolded to see both sides at once. Included on each front side is a picture of the person, their name, and their signature.
The historic figures for this activity are:
Franklin D. Roosevelt
George S. Patton
George C. Marshall
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Charles de Gaulle
Harry S. Truman
Rosie the Riveter
WORLD WAR II GAME SHOW STYLE REVIEW GAME:
In this review game two students play at a time in front of the class with one student seated facing away from the screen and one student seated so they are facing the screen (if you're old enough to remember the $100,000 Pyramid game show it is similar to that). Each round consists of 6 random topics that have something to do with World War II and will be uncovered with your click of the mouse. The team has 60 seconds (you, the teacher, are the time keeper) to complete as many as they can in that round. Sometimes the topics are connected and sometimes it is a hodgepodge of vocabulary.
There are 16 rounds with 6 topics in each round for a total of 96 vocabulary terms regarding people, places, and events from the time period of World War II.
My students love playing review games like this because it gives each student a chance to take part in the review. You can divide this into a winners and losers bracket for more repetition over two days to help them develop ways to explain the topics. I always believe that when students are actively involved they are thinking, engaged, and developing a better understanding.
WORLD WAR II - 96 REVIEW CARDS BASED ON HEADBANDS GAME:
There are 96 cards that each have something on the front that has to do with the World War II. One student holds a card up to their forehead and the other person gives them clues to try and guess what is on the front of their card. You can play for a minute a round, two minutes, or whatever you think will work well for your students.
Cardstock works best for printing because it is more durable and easier for students to keep in a stack. You could also print out a classroom set and laminate them to use over and over again. You could also use these cards as a way for students to create flashcards to help them study as well. I've included two pages that have blank cards to add more to the list if you'd like.
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