War in the Classroom
The purpose of this lesson is to show students, through presentations and activities, how the Second World War altered not only the lives of those on active service, but of those on the home front, particularly in schools. The focus is on how the war affected the content that was learned in the classroom.
The lesson will first explore the differences between schools during the Second World War and today. Students will learn about differences in subjects taught, who went to school, etc. The teacher will give them a sample lesson of the topics taught during the Second World War as outlined in Defence Training. Students will form groups of three to five and create their “mock” lesson by following the instructions in the handout as well as exploring wartimecanada.com