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World War II (World War 2) Timeline Activity

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6th - 11th, Homeschool
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This resource includes 2 World War II timeline activities!

The Path to World War II Timeline Hunt includes 16 events beginning with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931 through the declaration of war against Germany by Great Britain and France in 1939.

The World War II Timeline Hunt picks up with the signing of the Soviet-Nazi Pact in 1939 and goes through V-J Day in 1945 for a total of 42 events.

Your Students Will Love This!

In these World War II activities, the teacher scatters and hides the 16 or 42 event cards around the room. Students use QR readers to find the dates of the events and record the information on a handout. Then, students place the events in the correct chronological order on a timeline. Last, classes or groups compete to see who can put the World War II events in the correct order the fastest! Students will have tons of fun while learning about important events that occurred during World War II.

No QR readers? No problem! A non-QR version is also included!

Note: The QR codes were designed for students to use a QR code reader app to reveal the event’s date. If students do not have a QR code reader app, they may use the camera on their device. However, the camera reads the QR code differently. It assumes they want an Internet search for the date (there is no way to control what sites the device pulls into the search). So, if students want to use their camera, they will need to first put their device in airplane mode or turn off the WiFi connection.

What's included:

-Clear teacher instructions (3 pages)

-Share links for student handout and timeline and directions for using them in Google Drive (8 pages)

*you will still need to print the timeline cards to scatter in your room for the hunt even if you are using the Google Drive version

-Color and Greyscale versions with QR codes sized 8.5 x 11 inches (Path to War - 16 pages, WW II - 42 pages)

-Color and Greyscale versions with no QR codes sized 8.5 x 11 inches (Path to War - 32 pages, WW II - 84 pages)

-No QR Code version with 4 events per 8.5 x 11 inch page (Path to War - 8 pages, WWII - 22 pages pages)

QR Code version with 4 events per 8.5 x 11 inch page (Path to War - 4 pages, WWII - 11 pages)

-Student handout and key (4 pages)

-Fillable PDF student handout for students to complete digitally (2 pages)

-Timeline for student to complete and key (4 pages)

-Fillable PDF timeline for students to complete digitally (2 pages)

This zip file contains PDFs.

This download contains files that may be printed and copied or used in 1:1 or flipped classes. Use whichever version fit best with your class. The other version remain yours in case you ever need to use them (in case your school makes the jump to 1:1 classes sometime in the future or if you have a student whose IEP requires a hard copy of assignments instead of digital ones).

You may put the materials in this file on a LMS for STUDENT USE that RESTRICTS access like Google Drive, Google Classroom, OneDrive, Edmodo, Blackboard, etc. where students are either invited via an email address or log in with a user name and password. SHARED LINKS AND PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE UPLOADED TO A CLASS WEBSITE UNLESS THE SITE IS RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS WITH A LOGIN AND PASSWORD AND IT MAY NOT BE USED IN A COURSE ON OUTSCHOOL OR ANY SIMILAR PLATFORMS/MARKETPLACES.

Questions? Email me at [email protected]

***This resource is included in the following larger bundles:***

* World War II (World War 2) Bundle

* U.S. History 1877 to Present Bundle

* U.S. History Mega Bundle: Exploration to Present

* Age of Discovery through Modern Times Bundle (World History)

* World History Mega Bundle


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.


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