Can your students defeat the Axis Powers? Can they make the right decisions to win the war? Can they do a better job than Chamberlain and Churchill?
In this unique resource, students have the opportunity to study the real scenarios facing the allied commanders between 1939 and 1945. Playing the role of the British Prime Minister, the decisions they make could change the whole direction of the war!
The activity pack contains more than 10 historically accurate and detailed scenarios which play out one after the other. They include; The German invasion of Poland, the battle of France, the battle of Norway, the German and Italian invasion of Greece, the Dieppe Raid, Operation Torch, the battle of El Alamein and D Day. Students will go wherever their decisions take them with more than 45 different paths. They will pick up leadership points along the way and at the end, decide who was the best wartime leader! As a teacher, you can finish the process by looking at what really happened.
The activity supports historical enquiry by asking students to make decisions whilst providing the context around each event.
Teaching suggestion -
Print a number of copies of each sheet (perhaps print A5 to reduce printing costs!)
Place "all the 1's" together in one pile at the front of room, all the 2's, all the 3's and so on. You can distribute appropriate sheets from there.
Give students scenario 1 in groups. Students can move on whenever they make each decision. If they win/lose the war half way through, they can still carry on through all the other decisions.
Create a leadership points table on the board to kee track of how each team is doing and create an element of competition.
An example of a school typical school timetable for girls and boys in the Nazi Era. Discussion could be - which subjects are familiar or unfamiliar to you? How do you think these subjects were taught in Nazi Germany?
A full pupil friendly assessment grid designed in 2015 for use with Key Stage 3 History students. Also includes a smaller version that can be stuck into the back of exercise books. Each column contains a question that ties in with a different exam skill (eg. interpretations, source enquiry etc). You can build your assessments around each question. The aim is to build in exam skills into the KS3 curriculum.
The pack contains 18 individual roleplay cards and an accompanying worksheet. Students are each given (or in pairs) a different character and fill in the worksheet. They then move around the room asking each other the key question "How did the Feudal System impact on you?".
As an extension, each card also contains a "secret task" that each student needs to complete.
A collection of 16 flashcards covering the period between 1919 and 1934 in Germany. The flashcards include information on the Weimar Republic, the Munich Putsch, the Hyperinflation crisis, the SA, Goebbels, the Reichstag Fire, the Enabling Law and the Night of the Long Knives.
Each card asks why each person or event was important. Students can use the flash cards for revision, quizzing each other or simply by placing them face down on the table and turning each one over in turn, trying to explain the factor.
The aim of this activity is for students to find out about some of the most successful and daring pilots of the First World War.
This resource contains 9 individual factfiles containing information about 9 different World War One flying aces from different countries including the Red Baron Von Richthofen along with British, French and American counterparts. Each factfile is individually designed with a couple of "shorter" ones for the purpose of differentiation.
Students could go around the room individually or in pairs and try to fill in the grid. Alternatively, you could perform a "marketplace" activity.
Students will learn the main causes of World War One through this interactive resource.
The resource includes:
Causes of World War One Lesson Plan
"MAIN" fact files (printable); exploring the four key long term causes of World War One
Student table (ranking)
Video download: Imperialism/Colonisation
Video download: The Alliance System
Video download: Anglo-German Rivalry
An extensive lesson by lesson interactive resource for students studying or revising the Nazi Rise to Power in Germany between 1919 and 1933. Students can work their way through the activities within each lesson using the linked videos, interactive quizzes and other downloads. All the resources are self contained within the document.
The resource pack contains a series of resources that can be used to teach this unit.
Several maps and images that are perfect as lesson starters or as illustrations.
Powerpoint presentations on the Crimean War and the Mehemet Ali Crisis.
A blank map of Africa when looking at colonisation.
An extensive set of key words for pupils to find the definitions (intro lesson).
Several mix and match key word activities (match word with definition).
This fact finding activity on D-Day is suitable for any KS3 group.
The pack contains the following fact files:
- What was D-Day?
- What happened on D-Day?
- Where did D-Day take place and why?
- How fierce was the fighting on D-Day?
- How is D-Day commemorated?
There are also some maps and factfiles on the key generals involved in the battle including Patton, Montgomery, Eisenhower and Rommel.
With the factfiles are a comprehensive set of questions. Cut these out and use them as part of a "Quick on the Draw" activity.
The powerpoint presentation can be used to structure the lesson. The lesson plan provided is an alternative to the activity here. It includes several other lesson ideas.
Students are asked to decide which statements are true or false and give reasons for their choice. Each statement relates to the analysis of historical sources by historians. This activity is perfect as an introduction to higher level source analysis at KS4 and KS5. Once students have completed in pairs (60 mins), you can then peer assess and discuss as a whole class.
Two starters for students reviewing their work on the medieval era. Can be used towards the end of Year 7 to recap on prior learning.
Both activities also contain the answers for easy self correction. Students simoly match the number with the correct letter. Activity can take between 10 and 20 minutes depending on how you decide to do it.
Contains useful factual recall on Kings, Parliament, the Magna Carta, the murder of Becket, the Peasants Revolt and key dates. The second one focuses more on medieval life and leisure.
An extensive lesson by lesson interactive resource for students studying or revising Nazi Germany during WW2. Students can work their way through the activities within each lesson using the linked videos, interactive quizzes and other downloads. All the resources are self contained within the document.
The pack contains two famous paintings of the execution of King Charles but they interpret the execution in different ways. In pairs, students should use the list of features to identify which feature is in each painting (or both). Discussion can follow about which painting students feel is most accurate.
A collection of fact-files detailing different aspects of the fire of London. It includes; context of the fire, causes of the fire, impact of the fire, evidence of the fire, rebuilding after the fire and "fire fighting". The fact-files can be used in a marketplace activity and all instructions for this are in the powerpoint. There is also a lesson starter "secret picture" activity asking students to guess the picture and various other interpretations of the fire. The resource comes with a lesson plan.
A 1-2 lesson pack for the Causes of the Civil War in England and Wales.
A Kingdom Divided worksheet and differentiated version + glossary
Quick on the Draw activity (can be adapted) with video instructions
Starter PowerPoint with images and objectives
Venn Diagram activity (use "Causes of Civil war sort") and answers for peer assessment
Full lesson plan
1. Download and play the video to students. It outlines what the "Scramble for Africa" was all about focussing particularly on the role of Britain, France and Germany. Students could create a mind map whilst watching around the key question "What influence did the Scramble for Africa have on International Relations between 1870 and 1914?"
2. Give students the British Empire in Africa Grid. Students will agree or disagree with the statement: "British interest in Africa between 1857 and 1890 was largely strategic”. They will need copies of the source pack in pairs or small groups. They should study the sources and try to determine what they tell them about British motives. They should fill in their grids as they go.
3. Plan and answer the essay question: “British interest in Africa between 1857 and 1890 was largely strategic”
How far do you agree?
An extensive lesson by lesson interactive resource for students studying or revising the changes in American Society between 1930 and 2000. Students can work their way through the activities within each lesson using the linked videos, interactive quizzes and other downloads. All the resources are self contained within the document.