Pearl Harbor Attack

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The lesson introduces students to the events, figures, and key moments during the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as its implications related to World War II. Not only does the lesson describe the attack itself, it also provides background information on the conflict between the United States and Japan that led up to their involvement in World War II. A minute-by-minute timeline of events of the attack on Pearl Harbor is included. The lesson ends with President Roosevelt’s famous quote, “a date which will live in infamy.” The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to World War II.

Pearl Harbor Attack Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages Pearl Harbor Attack
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • 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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Description

The lesson introduces students to the events, figures, and key moments during the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as its implications related to World War II. Not only does the lesson describe the attack itself, it also provides background information on the conflict between the United States and Japan that led up to their involvement in World War II. A minute-by-minute timeline of events of the attack on Pearl Harbor is included. The lesson ends with President Roosevelt’s famous quote, “a date which will live in infamy.”  The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to World War II.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Display a map identifying the location of Japan and Hawaii. Ask students: How are the two locations related to history?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they know the significance of December 7, 1941.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Pearl Harbor Attack to the class.
  4. Distribute Pearl Harbor Attack content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students and allow sufficient time for the reading of the speech and discussion/responses to the questions.
  6. Once completed, conduct a class discussion based on the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: What do you think was going through the minds of the servicemen before, during, and after the attack?  Try to think like they would be thinking.
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Remind students that it was a surprise attack, so a thought of an attack may not be in the minds of the men before the attack.  Encourage students to be specific with their responses.

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): 1- 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies