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Ch 13: 20th Century World History for Elementary School

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Teach your child about 20th century world history with our fun and informative video lessons. These professional-quality lessons are taught by expert instructors and allow your child to learn at their own pace. In addition, our self-assessment quizzes make it easy for you to see which topics your child might need more help with.

20th Century World History for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

You can use these video lessons as a supplement to your child's social studies homework. They can be an especially valuable tool for students who are struggling with 20th century history topics. Additionally, if you know that your child has a history test coming up, use these chapter resources help them feel confident about any 20th century world history questions that they might come across. Our short self-assessment quizzes you can track their progress and take note of any topics that require additional help.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding key events in 20th century world history
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  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social studies (visual or auditory)
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  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover 20th century world history topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about 20th century world history.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands important historical events from the 20th century by completing the 20th Century World History for Elementary School chapter exam.

25 Lessons in Chapter 13: 20th Century World History for Elementary School
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World War I Timeline: Lesson for Kids

1. World War I Timeline: Lesson for Kids

The First World War has influenced history and politics for roughly one hundred years. Over forty different nations fought in Europe, Asia, and Africa from 1914-1918. Read on to learn how World War One (WWI) unfolded and affected the lives of millions.

World War II Timeline: Lesson for Kids

2. World War II Timeline: Lesson for Kids

World War II pitted America and allies such as France and Britain against the nations of Germany, Italy and Japan. The war began in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland. In 1945, World War II drew to a close with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan by the U.S.

Treaty of Versailles Lesson for Kids

3. Treaty of Versailles Lesson for Kids

The first world war, or The Great War, ended in 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The first world war was fought between America and its allies against Germany and its allies. In this lesson, we'll look at the Treaty of Versailles and its consequences.

Communism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

4. Communism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

In this lesson, you'll discover how and where communism started. You'll also see why communism seemed like a good idea but didn't work out the way people thought it would.

Fascism Lesson for Kids

5. Fascism Lesson for Kids

Fascism is a way to run a country. In this lesson, you will read about some countries that have tried fascism, and how things have usually ended badly for them.

Warsaw Pact Lesson for Kids

6. Warsaw Pact Lesson for Kids

In the lesson, you will read about a military club called the Warsaw Pact. You'll learn about how it formed, why it was created, its purpose, and how the Warsaw Pact ended.

Spanish Civil War Lesson for Kids

7. Spanish Civil War Lesson for Kids

The Spanish Civil War was a civil war between 1936-1939. In this lesson, you will read about how volunteers from around the world joined in the fighting. For all the fighting and death, read how in the end, Spain became a democracy.

Auschwitz Facts: Lesson for Kids

8. Auschwitz Facts: Lesson for Kids

Auschwitz was a concentration camp in Poland. In this lesson, you will learn about how Auschwitz was used during World War II, as well as the conditions that Jewish people suffered in these camps.

Berlin Wall Facts: Lesson for Kids

9. Berlin Wall Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Berlin Wall was a structure that divided East Germany from West Germany. Learn about how the Cold War led to its erection and about its demolition in 1989 just before Germany became one country.

History of the Berlin Wall: Lesson for Kids

10. History of the Berlin Wall: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will discover the incredible story of the Berlin Wall. From 1961-1989, the Berlin Wall divided Berlin, the capital of Germany. Hundreds of people died trying to escape East Germany over the Berlin Wall.

South African Apartheid Laws: Lesson for Kids

11. South African Apartheid Laws: Lesson for Kids

Apartheid was a system in South Africa that segregated and discriminated against some people because of their skin color. This lesson will explore some of those laws and what effect they had in South Africa.

End of Apartheid: Lesson for Kids

12. End of Apartheid: Lesson for Kids

South Africa was ruled by a segregation apartheid government for 50 years that kept white people in power and refused rights to all others. In this lesson, learn about the end of apartheid in 1990 and the transition to a new democracy that followed.

Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa: Lesson for Kids

13. Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa: Lesson for Kids

The anti-apartheid movement of South Africa brought about the end of a racially-dominated government where non-whites had fewer rights and privileges than all others. Learn about the origins of the anti-apartheid movement and their ultimate success in this lesson.

1964 Alaska Earthquake Facts: Lesson for Kids

14. 1964 Alaska Earthquake Facts: Lesson for Kids

In 1964, a really powerful earthquake hit Alaska. Learn all about the earthquake and the big wave, or tsunami, that followed it. You'll also read about what scientists learned from this quake.

The Balkans Campaign: WWII History Lesson for Kids

15. The Balkans Campaign: WWII History Lesson for Kids

During World War II, fighting in eastern Europe took place between the Axis and Allied powers, as well as resistance fighters. Called the Balkan Campaign, it took place from 1940 to 1941 and resulted in the Axis powers taking control of the area known as the Balkans.

Appeasement During WWII: Lesson for Kids

16. Appeasement During WWII: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will learn about the concept of appeasement, which means trying to avoid conflict by giving a bully everything he wants. In this case, appeasement led to one of the most destructive wars ever fought in human history.

Rationing During WWII: Lesson for Kids

17. Rationing During WWII: Lesson for Kids

During World War II, many people were forced to do without things that they needed. Rationing became a part of everyday life. In this lesson, you will learn about rationing during WWII and why it was important.

Manhattan Project Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

18. Manhattan Project Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Whatever your opinion of the atomic bomb, you should know how it all started. This lesson explains what the Manhattan Project was and its part in creating the first atomic bomb.

Berlin Airlift Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

19. Berlin Airlift Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

This lesson talks about the Berlin Airlift, which took place during the Cold War. Find out how the United States and the United Kingdom helped people get food when all roads, trains, and waterways were closed off.

Battle of Midway Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

20. Battle of Midway Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

The Battle of Midway was one of the largest and most important sea battles in human history. Learn about how the United States fought Japan over Midway Island near Hawaii and how it impacted World War II in this lesson.

Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombing Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

21. Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombing Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

Atomic weapons have only been used twice during a time of war in all of human history: when the United States dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Learn about these weapons and their impact on World War II in this lesson.

Social Darwinism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

22. Social Darwinism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, groups of people used scientific understanding of evolution in order to construct ideas of superiority called Social Darwinism. Learn about the origins and legacy of these ideas in this lesson.

Sputnik Facts: Lesson for Kids

23. Sputnik Facts: Lesson for Kids

The launch of the Sputnik satellites in Russia changed the world. In this lesson, learn about how these satellites were created in Russia, and discover how their creation inspired the space program of the United States.

Gallipoli Campaign Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

24. Gallipoli Campaign Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

The Gallipoli Campaign launched by the Allied Powers of World War I ended in total disaster, as thousands of soldiers died without having reached any of their goals. Learn about this part of the war and its legacy in this lesson.

Seven Wonders of the Modern World: Lesson for Kids

25. Seven Wonders of the Modern World: Lesson for Kids

The Seven Wonders of the Modern World are some of the most important and famous monuments and buildings on planet Earth. Learn about these famous wonders and their history in this lesson.

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