Pearl Harbor Class Activities
Activities and lessons that blend history with art, science and civics.
Memorials and Monuments, grades 9-12
A reading and discussion guide for The Blackened Canteen by Jerry Yellin focuses on themes of peace, courage and reconciliation and ultimately evaluate the importance of honoring the past.
Reading guide (PDF)
Coerr, Eleanor, and Ronald Himler. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. New York: Putnam, 1977. Print.
Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive.Delacorte Press; Reprint edition (November 11, 2014)
Nathan, Amy. Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II. Random House. 2001
Nicholson, Dorinda Makanaonalani Stagner. Pearl Harbor Warriors: The Bugler, the Pilot, the Friendship Hardcover. Woodson House Pub, 2001.
Nicholson, Dorinda Makanaonalani Stagner. Pearl Harbor Child: A Child’s View of Pearl Harbor—From Attack to Peace. Honolulu: Arizona Memorial Museum Association, 1993.
Panchyk, Richard. World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities. Chicago: Chicago Review, 2002.
Salisbury, Graham. Under the Blood-Red Sun. New York: Delacorte, 1994.
Smithsonian Learning Lab: Discover more than a million resources, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work.
The National World War II Museum online learning resources.
The National World War II Museum: 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor will host a live online fieldtrip on December 7, 2016. Additionally, the museum offers online webinars for teachers and enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge of World War II. All resources are free.
Smithsonian’s online exhibit: The Nisei Soldier: Honoring the Japanese American World War II soldiers who fought in the service of the United States
FDR Presidential Library and Museum: Teaching Tools. An excellent archives collection and a selection of primary sources based curriculum.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Map-based Exhibition by The Gilder Leherman Institute of American History: An interactive map and time line with primary documents to illustrate pivotal moments is an engaging way to illustrate the global scope of December 7, 1941.
Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, the instrument that authorized the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Denied their civil liberties, they were held in camps operated by the War Relocation Authority. Between 1942 and 1944, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many working in the sugar beet industry. This exhibit tells their stories.
An American Battle Monuments Commission educational project: Understanding Sacrifice, Meaningful WWII battle memorials. Powerful stories. Engaging classroom activities.