Science and the Second World War

Looking to move beyond the textbook to help middle and high school students connect STEM to significant historical events? Two interdisciplinary activities from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)—“Advancement of Medical Technology DuringWorld War II” (for the high school level) and “I’ll Huff and Puff and Blow Your Ships Up” (for the middle level)—help students build a deeper understanding of issues in the Second World War while learning science content. Teachers who created the lessons researched a fallen American hero buried in an ABMC cemetery. The resulting lesson plans—which present historical context along with learning objectives, materials and preparation steps, student procedures, assessments, extensions, and adaptations—keep memories of the soldiers alive and make history real for students.

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