The Atom Bomb

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Explore the effects of an atomic bomb as a wartime strategy with our  interactive The Atomic Bomb Lesson Plan, which introduces the history of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan during the end of WWII.  This interactive lesson leverages peer learning and encourages idea sharing as groups state their opinions to prompts for the class to debate, which strengthens analytical and critical thinking skills.

Atom Bomb Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Atom Bomb
  • Atom Bomb Practice Worksheets
  • Atom Bomb Word Problem worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Explore the effects of an atomic bomb as a wartime strategy with our  interactive The Atomic Bomb Lesson Plan, which introduces the history of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan during the end of WWII.  This interactive lesson leverages peer learning and encourages idea sharing as groups state their opinions to prompts for the class to debate, which strengthens analytical and critical thinking skills.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Ask: What do you think the most difficult decision would be to make as the president of a country?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to decisions made regarding wars with other countries and ultimately whether to invade a country or, as in 1945, drop a bomb on another country.
  3. Distribute The Atom Bomb content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding. It is suggested one or more videos be used to show students images the atomic bomb and its effects.
  4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Organize students into groups of at least 3 or 4. Designate a secretary for each group, and an optional “leader” to help the group remain on task. Allow students sufficient time to discuss each of the questions. Circulate through the room to ensure students are staying on task, but are also being serious and sincere with their opinions and discussion.
  5. Once enough time has passed, ask one group at a time to share one set of questions. Other groups will have the opportunity to debate or agree with the opinions stated by that group. Continue this procedure until all 5 sets of questions are completed and discussed by the class.

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Common Core State Standards:  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies