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USS Alabama

Recommended for Second Grade to Twelfth Grade

The Battleship USS Alabama

USS Alabama Interactive Website

Alabama Courses of Study

Social Studies

Grade 2 - Exploring Our Nation and World: People and Places

2.) Identify past and present contributions of a variety of individuals who have overcome difficulties or obstacles to achieve goals.

8.) Identify continents, oceans, and the equator using technology, maps, and globes.


Grade 3 - People, Places, and Regions: Geographic Studies

1. Locate the prime meridian, equator, tropic of Capricorn, tropic of Cancer, international date line, and lines of latitude and longitude on maps and globes.

6. Identify conflicts involving use of land, economic competition for scarce resources, different political views, boundary disputes, and cultural differences within and between different geographic areas.


Grade 4 - Alabama Studies

13.) Describe the economic and social impact of World War II on Alabamians.

Examples: entry of women into workforce, increase in job opportunities, rationing, utilization of Alabama's military installations

• Recognizing Alabama participants in World War II


Grade 6 - United States Studies: 1877 to the Present

8.) List key figures, significant events, and reasons for the involvement of the United States in World War II.

Examples: key figures-Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Michinomiya Hirohito, Hideki Tojo;

- significant events-Battles of Normandy, Stalingrad, and Midway; Battle of the Bulge;

- reasons-Pearl Harbor, threat by Axis powers to Europe and Asia

• Locating on a map or globe countries controlled by the Axis powers from 1939-1942

• Locating on a map or globe Allied countries and key battles in World War II

• Describing social costs associated with World War II

Examples: Holocaust, civilian and military casualties

Grade 9 - World History: 1500 to the Present

14.) Describe causes and consequences of World War II.


- causes-unanswered aggression, Axis goal of world conquest;

- consequences-changes in political boundaries; Allied goals; lasting issues such as the Holocaust, Atomic Age, and Nuremberg Trials

• Explaining the rise of militarist and totalitarian states in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Japan

• Identifying turning points of World War II in the European and Pacific Theaters

• Depicting geographic locations of world events between 1939 and 1945

• Identifying on a map changes in national borders as a result of World War II

Grade 11 - United States History: 1877 to the Present

7.) Explain the entry by the United States into World War II and major military campaigns in the European and Pacific Theaters

Examples: Operation Torch, Operation Overlord, island hopping

• Identifying roles of significant leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Adolph Hitler

• Explaining Alabama's participation in World War II, including the Tuskegee Airmen, the Aliceville Prisoner of War (POW) camp, the growth of the Port of Mobile, Birmingham steel, and military bases

• Describing consequences of World War II on the lives of American citizens

Examples: Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (GI Bill), desegregation of the military

Links to Lesson Plans and Websites

This is a whole group inquiry lesson that is largely, but not entirely, technology-based. Through the use of a PhotoStory-created movie, students will learn about several basic concepts related to life in Alabama during World War II. More specifically, aspects of life that affected children growing up during this time will be discussed.

This lesson, from National Geographic' Xpeditions, introduces students to the reasons why the United States became involved in World War II and asks them to consider the reasons Japan decided to attack Pearl Harbor. Students will view a detailed interactive map showing the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and they will conclude by writing statements that Japanese and American servicepeople in Pearl Harbor might have made immediately before and after the attack.

This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on the overall strategies pursued by the Japanese and the Allies in the initial months of World War II in Asia and the Pacific. By examining military documents and consulting an interactive map, students will gain a better understanding of the war.


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