Operation Barbarossa Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about Operation Barbarossa with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz, and participate in a hands-on activity about the doomed military engagement.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on Operation Barbarossa, your students will be able to:

  • Describe Germany's plan and how Operation Barbarossa began
  • Explain what happened instead, and how it mirrored a former plan by Napoleon
  • Recap the impact that the failed plan had on Germany and the remaining several years of World War II


1 - 1.25 hours


  • Copy of the text lesson Operation Barbarossa: Definition & Summary along with the related lesson quiz
  • Internet access
  • Worksheets featuring a 'Word Search' puzzle containing vocabulary terms from Operation Barbarossa (prepared in advance of class, one per pair of students)

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

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