The Berlin Wall

In our The Berlin Wall lesson plan, students learn about the history of the Berlin Wall and its significance in terms of both WWII and the Cold War. Students learn its original purpose and the circumstances that led to its demolition in the 1980s.

Our Berlin Wall lesson plan introduces students to the Berlin Wall, which they may have heard about but likely do not understand the history of, and its relationship to World War II and the Cold War. The lesson introduces the students to the history of the wall, from its construction, its use, and to its fall. During this lesson, students are asked to match given terms to their definitions, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary. Students are also asked to tell the significance of each in a list of given dates or numbers as they relate to the Berlin Wall.

At the end of the lesson, students will define the Berlin Wall, identify and explain its original purpose, the use of the wall, and the circumstances leading to its demolition.

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


5th Grade, 6th Grade

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