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The Holocaust Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the Holocaust. Students will answer questions about a text and explain the roles that various people played in the Holocaust.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on the Holocaust, students will be able to:

  • Cite textual evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Summarize the roles of victim, perpetrator, bystander, and helper during the Holocaust.
  • Use content-specific language when discussing World War II.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Vocabulary

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Auschwitz
  • boycott
  • citizenship
  • concentration camps
  • gas chambers
  • ghettos
  • Gypsies
  • Holocaust
  • Jewish
  • Nazi
  • occupied
  • Poles
  • World War II

Materials

  • Copies of the printable worksheet
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Photographs of the Holocaust
  • Holocaust survivor testimonies

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