Pearl Harbor Attack

Our Pearl Harbor Attack lesson plan teaches students about the attack, including the historical context, the events of the attack, and the aftermath. Students also learn about the lasting legacy of the attack.

Our Pearl Harbor Attack lesson plan introduces students to the events, figures, and key moments during the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as its implications related to World War II. Not only does the lesson describe the attack itself, but it also provides background information on the conflict between the United States and Japan that led up to their involvement in World War II. A minute-by-minute timeline of events of the attack on Pearl Harbor is included. During this lesson, students are asked to read a speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 8, 1941, and answer given questions about it with a partner. Students are also asked to place the events of Pearl Harbor in chronological order.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to explain the attack on Pearl Harbor and its implications related to World War II and identify key moments of the attack.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS. ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10


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Social Studies, Video


5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Rita S.
    US US
    Very informative

    Got this to wrap up the year for my grandson. He loved it and was eager to research more about Perl Harbor. The only drawback was the final project was not as challenging as most of the packets. But easy to come up with an alternative.

    Jannette S.
    IE IE
    Pear Harbour Attack

    This was a valuable aid to my history lesson.

    Kathleen B.
    US US
    Nice Resource

    I used these as part of my distance learning curriculum while our school has been shut down. Even though I teach high school students, I have many EL and Special Ed students that these resources were at a manageable level for them to do independently. It is great way to front load the material they will be reading from their text books which are written at a higher level.