The Nazi Party

The Nazi Party is a great lesson for 5th and 6th grade students. It teaches them about this dark and difficult time in the world’s history and how Germany in particular was affected by Nazi rule. Students will learn about the tragedy of the Holocaust and about Hitler and his political influence. They will discover the awful realities that the Jews faced in Nazi concentration camps. Students will also learn about the Hitler Youth membership and what that meant for children during this time.

While this lesson covers a very serious topic, it is still designed to engage students in their learning. The activity is especially designed to help students think about good alternatives for bad things. The suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section provide additional ideas for administering parts of the material.

OVERVIEW

The Nazi Party introduces students to the extremist German political group from the early to mid-1900s. It describes its influence and impact both on the German nation as well as on the world as a whole. Students may have heard the term Nazi, but they may not fully understand what it means. They will learn about how the group started, what their ideals and beliefs were, and how they were defeated.

What The Nazi Party includes

The lesson begins with the origin of the Nazi party. It describes who Adolph Hitler was and how gained influence in the party not long after joining in 1919. It continues with information on how Hitler rose to power over the German people. Students will learn about how the party created the Hitler Youth for children of party members. They will learn how the party tried and failed to take over the state government. But they will discover how it slowly infiltrated the government over time to achieve its ends under Hitler’s command.

The lesson details the start of WWII and Germany’s war path as it conquered various countries and territories. It then describes the persecutions of the Jewish people and the unthinkable suffering they faced in concentration camps. Last, students will learn about the Nuremberg trials that took place between 1945 and 1949 at the end of WWII.

ACTIVITY

For the activity, students will divide into groups and create a new youth organization. The goal is to create a group that does not mimic the immoral ideals of Hitler Youth. First, students will name the group and then write 10 rules that these youth must follow. Next, they will list the types of activities these youth could enjoy. Then students will write five views or beliefs that their youth group would be taught. Finally, they will create a symbol for the new group.

PRACTICE

The worksheet lists 15 terms or people from the lesson material. Students must describe how each person, place, or thing is significant as it relates to the Nazi Party. Afterward, there is a list of six people. Students must match the person to their title in the party. The titles are in a word bank on the right.

HOMEWORK

There are 20 questions on the homework assignment that students must answer. There is also a final bolded question asking students to explain why they think people in Germany followed Hitler.

Additional information

grade-level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Social Studies

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.