Middle School

A woman with an armful of jars with text over the top that reads Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do,

Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without!

Every aspect of American life was refocused towards the goal of winning the war during World War II, and everyone tried to do their part to support the Allied troops. Students will learn about the propaganda and rationing programs that were a way of life for those on the home front as they examine primary sources and play a fun rationing game. 
paint like ike final
A Holocaust uniform with text over the top that reads The Holocaust: From a Name to a Number

The Holocaust:  From a Name to a Number

As Nazi tyranny spread across Europe, the Germans and their collaborators persecuted and murdered millions of other people they deemed "inferior" and a threat to the German racial community. In this program, students will learn about the Holocaust through primary source stories of those persecuted and honor them by remembering that each person has a name and a story.
A soldier in the field holding binoculars. There is text over the top of the image that reads Spy Ki
A jar with Rosie the Riveter on it and reads Attic Artifacts Women on the Home Front

Attic Artifacts:  Women on the Home Front

Following World War II, many Americans kept souvenirs of lost loved ones or their time in the war. Many of these articles were stored in boxes or trunks and then tucked away in attics, basements, and garages for decades. In this program, students crucially evaluate a variety of primary sources related to women on the American home front during World War II.

Cold War Kids: Space Race

Paint Like Ike

Shortly before the D-Day invasion, Dwight D. Eisenhower outlined instructions for the most comprehensive effort in history by an army to fight a war while also trying to minimize the damage to cultural treasures and monuments. Just after World War II, Ike was introduced to the hobby of painting and enjoyed it thought the rest of his life. In addition to learning about this merge of art, history, and Eisenhower, students will "paint like Ike" and finish a painting Ike left incomplete upon his passing..  

Spy Kids: Code Talkers

Crucial sources of enemy information were obtained by surveillance, code breaking, and subterfuge throughout World War II. Intelligence agencies helped the Allies win the war by slipping behind enemy lines to serve as spies, or working to break Axis message codes and steal critical information. In this program, students explore the Code Talkers, Native American men who served in the U.S. military and used their native languages to create codes that were never broken, even after the end of the war.

Cold War Kids:  
Space Race

History changed when the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik I satellite in 1957. That launch marked the start of the space race and ushered in new scientific developments, like the creation of NASA. Students will examine primary sources, generate a timeline of key events, and test engineering skills as they create and launch a (soda straw) rocket.