WWII History: Obscure # 2: Even MORE Obscure Subjects and Interesting Facts About World War 2 - World War Two - WW2
I created this social studies class due to the popularity of the original! In this one-time class, students explore several little known but extremely interesting facts about the Second World War.
Michael DiMinno, M.A.T.
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Learn about several different fascinating stories about the Second World War! These are little known tidbits that are very interesting and have earned their place in WWII history. The structure will include one immersive session which will cover 8 different topics. They are: Operation Himmler Wojtek the bear The St. Nazaire Raid The SS Vienna Konstanz, Germany Navajo Code Talkers Operation Vengeance The Story of PT-109 I teach by using slides, original photographs, video clips, discussions...
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I have been teaching military history to elementary students since 2001 and parents have appreciated the approach I use given the age of the students. I try to keep our study away from the more age inappropriate topics, such as The Holocaust, harsh treatment of POW's, etc. It is not that these topics aren't important, it's just that the age range for these lessons (8-14) is a bit on the younger side, so I feel that they are better left to teachers of older grades. When I do get questions about the more disturbing aspects of the war, I might answer along the lines of, "these soldiers went into this country and did not treat the people there well," instead of giving specifics. Having said this, please be aware that these classes are about warfare and military history. One aspect of this is to talk about weapons from the corresponding era, and to discuss advancements in military technology. I don't handle any firearms personally, but we do discuss weapons and technology and I show pictures and videos when appropriate. If your learner is sensitive to this kind of subject, and may get frightened or upset upon seeing a picture of a rifle, cannon, tank or bullet, then this may not be the class for them. This is a class about military history, and there is no way to avoid this, so please take this into account before signing up.
This particular area of study is varied, i.e. we are not focusing on one particular aspect of WWII. But one book that covers a few of these obscure subjects is entitled, "The Secret War with Germany," by William B. Breuer. As an example, it covers the St. Nazaire Raid and Operation Himmler. I also used,"Code Talker," by William Bruchac to reference the Navajo Code Talkers. Finally, I used "PT-109 - JFK in WWII," by Robert Donovan.
Michael DiMinno, M.A.T.History 1-2-3!
557 total reviews
277 completed classes
Hello, my name is Michael DiMinno and I have been teaching for over 20 years. I hold a Master's degree in Elementary Education and spent most of my tenure as a classroom teacher. Over the past year I have shifted to remote small group instruction...