The following is a 3 part World War II activity focusing on the home front in the United States. This activity allows for students to become an American living in the U.S. during the years of 1942-1945 and discover the ways citizens contributed to the war effort by rationing, recycling, and conserving.
Part 1 asks students to plan three meals for their family of four (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) given an allotment of ration points and money to spend. Students are provided an accurate and extensive food rations point value chart from which they will plan their three meals.
Part 2 asks students to respond to a series of 6 reflections questions. Students are asked to relate what they did to real life experiences of Americans living in the U.S. on the home front during WWII.
Part 3 is a scenario activity in which students are given 3 scenarios to respond to from the standpoint of someone living in the U.S. during WWII. After reading each of the 3 scenarios students are asked to answer:
-Why are they facing the situation being described
- What they would do in the situation being described
This activity is designed to be completed in pairs but can be adjusted to fit any number of students per group.