Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Two Weeks of WW II
I decided to do a two week unit study on World War II with my big teen. He has been studying this period of time for a while on his own, but I thought I would tie up the loose ends with him. In other words, I wanted to make sure he was really learning something. Well, here we are three days into our unit study, and so far I have discovered that I know very little and my son knows all that I know and much more on this topic. LOL We are having a great time, anyway. I decided to have him make a timeline of the war, complete with pictures, listen to some radio broadcasts he didn't know we have, read Eva's story (best friend to Anne Frank), watch several movies on WWII, and read my college papers on some of the unsung heroes of the war. In addition, we will be digging through our family history to look at real "v mail" and reading about my great uncle's experiences in his own words. We will finish up the two weeks with a WWII day of activities from A History With 21 Activities: World War II for Kids. This book has some really interesting things to do. We plan on making butter extender, camouflaging a bike, making a recruiter poster, learning how to extinguish an incendiary bomb (using a potato), playing a mortar game, making a hiding spot in our house and learning the physics of dropping a bomb. If time and funds allow, we will go to Whitwell, TN to see the paper clip project. This is a moving memorial to all of the Holocaust victims that was made by a middle school class. You can learn more at www.marionschools.org/holocaust/. Wow! I better go get the teen out of bed so we can get to work for the day!