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. John's.

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.

Internet Resources

 There is a wealth of information about World War II on the internet. Veterans Affairs Canada maintains a Youth Site 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  Kid's Page 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.

The BBC's 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 Armoured Warrior  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 OnWar.com , 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.

 

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