There are three videos to choose from to learn about Pearl Harbor.
The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids and the third may appeal to both and offers real footage from the event. Feel free to watch one, or all three!
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects located at the end of this learning block!
Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?
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Become a journalist or reporter
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was big news around the world. You can search news headlines from that day to see what newspapers were reporting or check out some headlines in this video.
Now, you be the journalist! Write an article to report the attack on Pearl Harbor. You can use this template from woojr.com. Or record a news video of yourself sharing details of the event. You can report from the perspective of the US or Japan. You can report about military, civilians, artillary, or whatever interests you about the day.
Map the Bombing of pearl harbor
Think about the location of Pearl Harbor. Find it on a map. How did its location make it a good target for a surprise attack? Watch the video below to see where bombings took place that day. Think about where the ships were located. Think about the shape of the land. How did these impact the battle? What could have been done differently if the US had time to prepare? Draw your own map of the battle or write a paragraph about how location played a role in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor Project
Build, draw, or Write about your own Battleship
There were eight US battleships at Pearl Harbor during the attack. Watch below to see a timeline of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor built with Lego! In the second video, see the inside of a real battleship. In the third video, you can see where the battleships were located during the attack.
Now design your own battleship! You can build it, draw it, or share your thoughts by writing a descriptive paragraph. What would you name your ship? How big would it be? Would your ship be similar to those you have learned about or do you have ideas about someting new to add?
Take a picture of your build or save your drawing or writing for your portfolio.
Books About Pearl Harbor
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My Grandpa’s Battleship Missouri Tour Read Aloud
What Was Pearl Harbor?-Chapter 1 Read Aloud
Advanced Learning Project
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Let’s Get some perspective
History has many sides. A Japanese person at the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor would have had different feelings than an American. A Japanese American would have yet another perspective, as would an American living in Japan. Watch the videos about Japan’s perspective. Reflect on how your feelings about an event might be impacted by where you live, your ethnicity, your nationality, or your experiences. Imagine you were alive during the bombing. Write letters about Pearl Harbor from two differnt perspectives. Put yourself in the place of two people who could have been alive at that time and consider what they may have written about. Write at least two letters. Include some of the facts you have learned as well as feelings that may have been felt at the time.
Include the letters in your portfolio.
Day of Infamy Speech
Listen to Roosevelt’s speech. Analyze the speech in an essay or using this speech analysis guide from fdrlibrary.org. Think about how the speech may have changed public opinion. What speeches have you listened to in your life time? Have any changed the way you think? How?
Write your reflections in a journal. Save your analysis and journal entry for your portfolio.
Plan A Memorial or Monument
You have learned about the memorial at Pearl Harbor that honors the lives lost. People still visit today. What current events can you think of that might be important for years to come? What do you think is the best way to show people of the future about the events? Plan a memorial, monument, or visitor’s center to teach future generations about a significant event you have lived through. . You can draw a design plan, write a descriptive essay, or create a brochure for visitors. Be sure to include the signifcant event you are commemorating, why it should be preserved for future generations, and what’s important for people to learn about it.