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War Fare

A Culinary Exploration of World War I

K - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Other
The National World War I Museum and Memorial addresses an often overlooked aspect of the war: food. In addition to reevaluating the effects of food on World War I and the home front, War Fare includes photographs, comments, and even vintage recipes updated for the modern era.
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When Flyers Flew

When Flyers Flew

Analyzing "The Flight of Flanders" Poem

6 - 8
What was life like as an aviator in WWI? Why did flyers agree to take on such a dangerous job in the war? As middle school students review primary sources and analyze a poem written by a Royal Flying Corps pilot they’ll decide if flying was as glamorous as the media portrayed it to be.
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With One Voice

The American Musical Experience of WWI

9 - 12, Other
It is easy to forget music's power to sway public opinion. Examining popular music during World War I helps us understand the public's changing sentiments about the war effort from the pacifist song "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier" to the rousing war anthem "Over There." This essay by Dr. Kristin Griffeath explores America's various responses to the war through music while also examining how music was used as a propaganda tool to encourage all Americans to do their bit for the war effort.
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World War I

Lessons, Activities and Videos on the Great War

K - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Created by Scholastic with the National WWI Museum and Memorial and the United States World War One Centennial Commission, this collection of lessons and activities for grades 5 - 12 includes multiple lessons, posters, digital quizzes, videos and more, intended to give students a rounded background and understanding of the enduring impact of the war meant to “end all wars.”
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WWI A - Z

An A-Z Guide to the War that Shaped the 20th Century

K - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Other
From Animals to Zeppelins, this A-Z guide to World War I hosted on Google Arts and Culture uses easily-accessible items to help explain the “war to end all wars.”
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Zimmermannland

The Southwestern Front of WWI

9 - 12
The Zimmermann Telegram was a major factor in the U.S. decision to join the Allies in World War I. Using this lesson, students will analyze the context of the telegram from the perspectives of the U.S., Mexico, and Germany; examine the reaction in the Southwestern U.S. states that Germany promised to return to Mexico; and connect the Telegram's impact to today's U.S.-Mexico border issues.
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