Lesson #1

Title of Lesson: WW II Historical Pop-Up Page


*Students will research and chart events associated with World War II from 1935-1945 using a data retrieval chart in order to list in chronological order important dates and events with accuracy.

*Using the collected data chart information, each student will create a Historical Pop-Up Page depicting a World War II event.

Materials Needed:

Informational books about World War II

9 x 12 colored construction paper

Scissors, glue, markers and crayons

Data Retrieval Chart (see Appendix 1)

Pop-up page directions found in The Pop-up Book, by Paul Jackson


1. Direct instruction. Explain to students how history has been recorded and documented throughout time. Show examples of information found in books collected on WW II. Tell them that the pages contain information about events preceding and concluding with World War II. Share with the students that events happen in specific order, each event leading to the next.

2. Data Retrieval Chart. Explain to students that they will need to gather and research specific dates, countries, events and world leader associated with World War II using the data retrieval chart (see Appendix 1). Guide the students through a practice data chart process, exhibit where and how information is collected. After data is collected, have students select one event they would like to use to create a pop-up history page. Have students "sign up" for their historic page to avoid duplications.

3 Share with the students an example of a pop-up page depicting the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Show how a pop-up page is created. Allow time for questions and distribute supplies.


Have students gather in a horseshoe arrangement. Travel around the horseshoe beginning with the year 1939. Instruct each student to share their historic pop-up page relating information and details about the researched event. Reinforce highlights such as cause and effect, dates, and location. Continue around the horseshoe ending with events that took place in 1945.