December 7, 1941 – Remembering Pearl Harbor

The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor took place on December 7, 1941. Share this important historical event with your K-12 students through the use of primary sources and interactives from Use an interactive time line and primary resources from the Smithsonian’s History Explorer to explain the act that defined a generation and led to the United States entering World War II.

Highlighted Resources:

  • Share the image of an actual World War II poster with your K-12 students to help them understand the political messages of the time.
  • Introduce your 3-5¬†grade students to the attack on Pearl Harbor through the use of maps and firsthand accounts from survivors as found in The Legacy of Pearl Harbor.
  • Listen with your 9-12 grade students to the stories of men and women who built the Liberty ships that supported the efforts of World War II.
  • Use an interactive Venn Diagram to compare the Pearl Harbor attack to the September 11, 2001, attacks. (Grades 9-12)
  • Show students in grades 9-12 what led to the animosity between the U.S. and Japan, resulting in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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