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  • Every Thursday during the school year, at both 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT, IKEducators provide live, online programs targeting different grade ranges.

  • After browsing the options below, CLICK HERE to register for a Thinking Thursday program.

  • Please register at least 48 hours ahead of time to ensure that you will receive the necessary information to join this Zoom presentation. Participants' faces and full names will NOT be shown. Questions can be submitted live through the Zoom chat feature. 

  • If you miss that deadline or are unable to utilize Zoom, you can still view the program live on Facebook and a recorded version will be available on YouTube within a few days.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021          10:00 AM AND 1:00 PM CT          Kindergarten - 2nd Grades

PROGRAM: Storytime: Rosie Revere, Engineer

Using the children’s book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts celebrate creativity, perseverance, and problem-solving through second-grader, Rosie. When her great-great-aunt Rose (who was a real World War II Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal — to fly — Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. In the process, Rosie learns the only real failure for an inventor is giving up.

revere

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021          10:00 AM AND 1:00 PM CT          5th - 8th Grades

PROGRAM: I Like Ike! An Election Icon

 

You may know that ”I Like Ike” was the most successful campaign slogan in history, but did you know that it went beyond the iconic pin? Students will learn about the Disney commercial, the song, clothing, and even a band wagon that helped propel Ike to the presidency.

I Like Ike

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021          10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT     4th - 8th Grades

PROGRAM: Victory Gardens

During both World War I and World War II, many resources like food were scarce because America needed to focus on getting our soldiers the resources they needed to win the war. During those times, people were encouraged to grow “Victory Gardens” to lessen the strain on the commercial food supply, ensure that everyone had access to nourishment, and provide a morale boost by allowing Americans on the home front to aid the war effort. In this program, students will analyze the motivation and impact of the Victory Garden as well as the patriotism and propaganda that surrounded them. We will discuss the similarities to the contemporary Victory Garden movement and how kids in the 1940s and today can make a difference for the betterment of our country. 

victory gardens

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021          10:00 AM and 1:00 PM          4th - 8th GRADES

PROGRAM: 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.

code talkers

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021          10:00 AM AND 1:00 PM CT          4th - 8th GRADES

PROGRAM: V-Mail

 

In the days before tweets, texts, Zooms, Snaps, or even email, written letters served as a vital link between friends and loved ones. The morale provided by letters from home to American soldiers who were fighting in foreign countries was irreplaceable. During World War II, U.S. post offices were flooded with mail and its bulk was competing with the space needed  in transport vehicles for necessary military supplies. This created a huge problem of morale versus supplies; both critical to U.S. soldiers. In this program, students will learn how American ingenuity solved this problem through the invention of Victory Mail.

vmail

THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021          10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT          6th - 8th GRADES

PROGRAM: inHUMANITY and the Holocaust 

 

As Nazi forces terrorized Europe with its Final Solution, many other brave individuals found ways to bring salvation or solace to those being persecuted. Through the unique story of the Terezin concentration camp, students will learn how resistance, altruism, and art saved lives and proved that one person can make a difference.

holocaust

 


THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021          10:00 AM and 1:00 PM     4th - 8th GRADES

PROGRAM: Use it Up: World War II Rationing and Propaganda

 

 

Every aspect of American life was focused towards winning during World War II, and everyone tried to do their part to support the Allied troops. Students will explore primary sources like ration books and propaganda posters to learn how Americans on the home front helped our troops win the war.

use it up

THURSDAY, APRIL 15          10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT          9th - 12th GRADES

PROGRAM: D-Day Deception

 

 

The best deception is attained by feeding an opponent with falsehoods which he wants to believe. Using code names such as Fortitude, Bodyguard, Quicksilver, and Double-Cross, General Eisenhower commanded a series of covert operations that played a crucial role in the victorious Allied invasion of Europe. Students examine primary sources to gain an understanding of D-Day deception plans.

deception

 


THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021          10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT     6th - 8th GRADES

PROGRAM: Be Prepared: Duck and Cover

 

 

The Civil Defense Administration educated and reassured all Americans that they could survive an atomic attack from the Soviet Union. This included children who received lessons from Bert the Turtle on how to “duck and cover” to protect themselves. In this program, students view 1950s civil defense artifacts consider its lessons for today’s world.

duck and cover

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021         10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT          9th - 12th GRADES

PROGRAM: Primarily Omaha Beach

 

 

It is said that the defeat of Nazi Germany was sealed on Omaha Beach. One hundred and sixty-thousand troops landed within 24 hours on a 50-mile front. Students will first be introduced to the overall objective of D-Day and how its story is preserved through primary sources. They will then apply that knowledge through examination of documents and artifacts from Omaha Beach.

omaha beach

 


THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021      10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT          3rd - 5th GRADES 

PROGRAM: Little Ike

 

 

Step back in time and learn about “Little Ike,” as Dwight D. Eisenhower was known during his boyhood. This program will use Ike’s Boyhood home and other artifacts to describe Little Ike's rural Kansas life from 1890 - 1910.

little ike

 

* Programs marked with an asterisk are also part of a series hosted by a partnership of the the National Archives, Presidential Library System, and the Presidential Primary Sources Project. When you register through IKEducation, your information will also be registered with them. Please expect the necessary entry codes to be emailed to you from them on the morning of the program. If you would like to learn about about other programs in this series, visit the National Archives Education Updates.

 

REGISTER HERE for a Thinking Thursday program. 

  • Please register at least 48 hours ahead of time to ensure that you will receive the necessary information to join this Zoom meeting. Participants' faces and full names will NOT be shown. Questions can be submitted live through the Zoom chat feature. 

  • If you miss that deadline or are unable to utilize Zoom, you can still view the program live on Facebook and a recorded version will be available on YouTube within a few days.