Trench Warfare Teacher Resources

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Trench Warfare: Disaster and Diseases

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Examine the horrors of war with this age appropriate slide-show. Covered are the concepts, dangers, diseases, and uses for trench warfare as they were seen in WWI. Also included are several wartime poems relating to the effects of trench...
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Trench Warfare in World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Trench warfare was extremely common in World War I, but just how deep were these trenches, and what was life like for the soldiers in them? The resource answers these questions and more. Pupils learn about everything from the way...
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Trench Warfare in WWI

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Imagine what life was like in the trenches during WWI then write a letter home describing what you're experiencing. If you can't, don't worry; the presentation will provide all the information needed to compose a realistic, life-in-the...
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Trench Warfare in WW1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Did you know that trenches were built in a zigzag pattern? This was done to ensure that an enemy couldn't come into the trench and have a clear shot at firing the entire way down the line. Learn more about trench construction, life in...
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Trench Warfare in WWI

For Teachers 7th - 9th
A very short presentation on the reality of trench warfare. Provided is a brief look into the who, what, when, and why of trench warfare. Three different follow-up activities are suggested.
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P is for Poppies

For Teachers 5th
Explore the way local farming and rationing helped the war effort in World War I with a lesson plan on gardening. After learning about trench warfare, reading "In Flanders' Field" by John McCrae, and studying poppies, kids discuss the...
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History: Causes of World War I

For Teachers 5th
Exploring WWI in an interesting discussion of the key events, this resource could be as a great supplement to a classroom unit on this topic. The pictures and information make this period in history come alive. Students would also...
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First World War Assessment

For Students 8th - 9th
Here is a really neat assessment, perfect for middle schoolers who have just learned about WWI. The assessment covers the causes and effects of WWI, causes of WWII, the Treaty of Versailles, trench warfare, and key players of the war in...
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Trench Warfare in World War I

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
To gain a deeper understanding of the conditions in the trenches during World War I, class members engage in an experiential activity and then research topics related to the exercise. A very powerful and thought provoking activity.
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World War I Research Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a fantastic World War I research project that includes clear guidelines for topic choice, guiding questions, and suggested presentation products. Research subjects range from battles of the war, trench warfare, and weaponry, to...
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Trench Warfare Crossword Puzzle

For Students 7th - 12th
For this trench warfare crossword puzzle worksheet, students use the 12 clues to identify the correct words and names that will solve the crossword puzzle.
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Trench Raid Tactics - Into the Abyss

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
When individuals think of World War I, many think of trench warfare, but what was it and what sort of tactics did the military use to succeed when trenches were involved? Find out by watching a sneaky video! Scholars view primary source...
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Trench Raid Tactics - Into The Abyss

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
A video on the Great War places students on the front line, in trench warfare. Through a short video clip, they analyze life in the trenches as the struggle for daily survival becomes the norm. 
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World War I: The Great War

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Most likely created by a student, this presentation provides a light-hearted, yet narrow depiction of WWI. The information is correct but focuses on two battles and Trench Warfare, totally missing major political and governmental...
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“The Art of War”: Trench Art of World War I

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Teach pupils how veterans used art to deal with PTSD and shell-shock from trench warfare during World War I. Scholars use graphic organizers, a cartoon analysis sheet, and their own inferences to analyze primary source art work by veterans.
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Life in the Trenches

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine changing military practices. In this World War I instructional activity, students explore the conditions, health, routine, spare time, and communications associated with trench warfare. Students also analyze the Defense...
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Warfare Strategies of WWI

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Incite your historians' curiosity with forms of warfare used during WWI. An anticipatory set has learners considering life in a trench, leading to a trench warfare discussion. A lecture is complemented by images (linked) and the...
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Over the Top: Trench Warfare in the First World War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners are able to give three reasons men joined up to fight in World War I. They are able to place in order the event leading to the outbreak of war and describe the soldiers arrival in the trenches. Students are able to describe...
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Battle of the Somme

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The Battle of the Somme was a conflict that raged on for months. Academics view a presentation and read text excerpts from newspaper articles to understand the events that turned the battle into a long conflict. The presentation also...
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The German Painter Who Fought In The Trenches - Otto Dix

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Otto Dix wanted to show the ghastliness of war, and his paintings were so controversial that Adolf Hitler later banned them. Dix's artwork was so important to him that he refused to leave Germany, even when he was labeled as degenerate...
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J.R.R. Tolkien - The Father of Lord of The Rings

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Best known as the author of the  Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien may have used some of his trench warfare experiences to create Middle Earth. While the trilogy is not entirely autobiographical, many scholars agree that...
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Life in the Trenches: World War I

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Live the sights, routines, and daily life suffered by World War I trench soldiers. Through images and rich descriptive text, learners will gain an understanding of life during WWI. Slides describe the perils of war, such as insect and...
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WW1 - Life in the Trenches

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Feel the same gut-wrenching turn from optimism to sickening depression that soldiers felt as they entered the war and realized exactly how dire the situation was. This video, while not narrated, provides a close-up of how miserable life...
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1914-1918: The World at War

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Thorough and engaging, this presentation details the causes and contexts of World War I on all fronts. It covers "the spark" that began it all, as well as the effect of technology on weaponry and the role of women on the home front and...

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