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  Disciplines: Social Studies and Language Arts
Grade Levels:4 - 8
Time Frame:Four class periods (Each lesson in this section could be taught as a stand-alone lesson.)
Materials Needed:
Town Board Minutes of December 27, 1941
pdf Student Worksheet - Civilian Defense
Bundles for Britain scrapbook page
Student Worksheet - Bundles for Britain
Children Air Raids scrapbook page
Student Worksheet - Children Air Raids
Defense Council article
pdf Article: "How Rationing will be Felt in the North Country"
Audio File, "Roosevelt's Declaration of War.mp3"
Student Worksheet - War Begins
Notes for FDR's Declaration of War / Page 1, Page 2, Page 3
Audio File, "Birthday at Northampton.mp3"
Learning Objectives: The students will:
1.Gather information about the local reactions to the declaration of war in December, 1941 from meeting notes and scrapbook pages.
2.Define pertinent vocabulary including infamy, civilian, and defense.
3.Gather information about steps to implement civilian defense in the North Country.
4.Write a paragraph about the things that they would have to do without during WW2 rationing.
5. Listen to a birthday message recorded by the parents of two child refugees, sent to America to escape the bombing of Britain.
6. Answer questions about local aid programs for British civilians after reading scrapbook entries.
7. Write an imaginary letter to their parents back in Britain using the information they have gathered from the recording and the scrapbook.
8. Read about school air raid evacuation plans for Gouverneur and answer questions about the preparations.
9. Interview their grandparents, neighbors or others about their memories of blackouts and prepare a written report of what they have learned.
NYS Social Studies Standards Correlation:

Standard 1: Key Idea 4
-Consider different interpretations of key events and /or issues in history and understand the differences in these accounts.
-Explore different experiences, beliefs, motives, and traditions of people living in their neighborhoods, communities, and State.
-View historic events through the eyes of those who were there, as shown in their art, writings, music and artifacts.

-Consider the sources of historic documents, narratives, or artifacts and evaluate their reliability.
-Describe historic events through the eyes and experiences of those who were there.

Standard 5: Key Idea 4
-Explain the role that civility plays in promoting effective citizenship in preserving democracy.

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