**This is the chapter slice "Background and Causes" from the full lesson plan "World War II"** World War II began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. It was the second terrible, expensive, and tragic war that lasted six years and involved over 200. Students will learn about Germany’s role, the major battles including ,and Normandy. Our resource provides ready-to-use information and activities for remedial students in grades five to eight. Written to grade and using simplified language and vocabulary, social studies concepts are presented in a way that makes them more accessible to students and easier to understand. Comprised of reading passages, student activities and color mini posters, our resource can be used effectively for whole-class, small group and independent work. All of our content meets the Common Core State Standards and are written to Bloom's Taxonomy.