Intro to ww2

There are two videos to choose from for your intro to WW2.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

How Did WW2 Start?

Now choose an Activity

Mapping the Axis & Allies

Print out maps of Europe,

Asia, & North America.

Colour the AXIS countries blue:

  • Germany
  • Italy 
  • Japan

Colour the  ALLIES countries yellow:

  • Poland
  • UK (included Commonwealth countries & protectorates)
  • France
  • USA
  • Yugoslavia
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Greece
  • China

Save these maps for your portfolio.

Who’s in World War 2?

Click here to download a graphic organizer for the countries involved in WW2, from Square Head Teachers.

There are three countries per page, so you’ll want to print ONE for the Axis countries and THREE for the Allies (4 if you want to fill in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, which are countries part of the UK Commonweath.)

Fill in the basic information for each country. 

Draw and colour their flag in the box.

Save these pages for your portfolio and to refer to as you continue to study WW2.

Stories from WW2

One of the things that is important to remember is that history is made up of stories. Many stories, from many different people and perspectives. It’s never as simple as “good guys” and “bad guys.”

There isn’t one version of history, even though it’s sometimes taught as if there was.


As you begin your study of WW2, let’s start by listening to stories from a range of different people, highlighting their experiences and memories. 

Listen to these people’s stories. Think about what you hear. Reflect on what it was like for them and their unique experiences. Carry those stories with you as we dive into many more of the events and individuals of history.



Books About WW2

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

The Bear Who Went To War REad Aloud

This is a true story! You can learn more about the real bear and the people in this video:

NOw Let’s Have some fun!