Teachers' Resources for Catch Me Once, Catch Me Twice
and Make or Break Spring
The Human Connection
Your students may have older relatives who remember the war vividly. Actual
veterans are now quite old, but many younger people played a role in the war,
or had older brothers and sisters who did. If someone who remembers the war
as a teenager can visit your class and answer questions, students' interest
in the time may be sparked, especially if you are teaching the book in St.
One related resource for such a visit is Too Young to Fight: Memories
from Our Youth During World War II
, edited by Pricilla Galloway (Stoddart
Kids). If students seem particularly taken with the idea of growing
up during World War II, you might consider developing an oral history project,
in which each student or team of students interviews an older member of
the community about his or her war-time experiences. The best resource for
developing an oral history project is Paul Thompson's book The Voice
of the Past: Oral History
, now in its 3rd edition (Oxford University
Press, 1978; 2000). This book discusses the basic concepts of oral history
and has one chapter, "Projects" which specifically details designing oral
history projects in schools.
There is a wealth of information about World War II on the internet.
Veterans Affairs Canada maintains a
that includes information, games, activities and photographs. This site
is frequently updated and appropriate for different grades.
On this site, there is also a very useful
Teachers' Resources Page
, which is divided by grades. The Canadian War Museum also has a
that includes puzzles and games.
In other parts of my site, I have links to two interactive, educational
games that will give students an idea what it was like to fight in the war.
I'll repeat those links here.
Battle of the Atlantic programme page
links to an interactive game that allows players to guide a convoy of
Allied ships across the North Atlantic, which is filled with German submarines.
The Canadian War Museum's
is an interactive game based on real-life experiences which allows
students to make decisions as the commander of a Sherman tank in the final
days of the Normandy Campaign in 1944.
Information on Newfoundland is more limited. The web site
Aviation in Newfoundland and Labrador
contains useful histories of all the airbases, related links, and a list
of related books.
For more general information about World War II, you can go to
, which contains a chronology of World War II, detailed maps of all the
battles, essays on the tanks used in the war and a section called WWII Commentary,
which is actually original newspaper articles from that era. The
Search Beat World War II
page also has a timeline, a list of general topics, and links to a huge
number of sites specific to World War II.