I have used the poem Christmas Eve in the Trenches poem to create a comprehension task for higher ability children in a Year 5 class. This comprehension includes word classes, retrieving information from the text and inference. Hope it is useful.
The truce within parts of the Western Front trenches is one of the defining moments of the First World War for many people. These activities seek to look at the emotion and the feelings that the men in the trenches would have been feeling as they spent their first Christmas in the Trenches.
The activities take back the events from a novelty advert to the real emotion of the men in the trenches.
The exercises encourage the students to empathise with the soldiers and to consider their actions in terms of what they had previously been told about the Germans.
There is a link with English as the students then look at writing a poem about the events, taking influence from some of the great war poets.
Worksheet that includes background information about the trenches, looking at the reasons for their constructions, design, features and layout. There is also some information and sources on conditions in the trenches with questions and source based activities.
No discussion of the First World War is possible without reference to the trenches on the Western Front. If the students gain an understanding of the trenches then the whole experience and time of the war makes more sense.
The activities in this Recipe book cover a wide range of topics relating to the trenches without specifying any particular part of them or any specific battle. The aim is to give the students a general understanding of the trenches and life in them so that they can complete a more focussed piece of research on a specific battle.
Includes Lesson Plan, PowerPoint and Handouts.
PowerPoint presentation contains sensitive image(s) and teachers are advised to view content before using it in the classroom
Goes from the dinosaurs through key periods of history to the present day. Use MS Word to adapt it.
I have added the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages to the updated version. As well as the first public railway in 1825, England winning the World Cup in 1966 and the 2012 Olympics.
This lesson is a 2 lessons based around conditions in the trenches and contains a presentation detailing conditions in the trenches.
A starter activity using a primary source from a soldier in WW1
and a marketplace discovery activity for students to explore conditions in the trenches.
This task is used to help students prepare a creative writing task in the form of a trench diary and includes resources to support the planning of a trench diary