We Remember the Holocaust
Teacher of the Lesson: Katie O'Malley
Lesson Topic: Geography
Grade Level: Fifth
Approximate Time: 30 to 45 minutes
- Students will locate towns, countries, waterways, etc. specific
to the Holocaust unit.
- Students will show their knowledge of basic geography skills.
- pencil and crayons
- guided worksheet (map)
- teacher supplied maps
- student textbooks and library resources
- daily geography questions [teacher resource]
- overhead and pens
- Begin lesson by asking the students where the Holocaust, in general,
took place. This is to dispel any ideas that it occurred here in the United
States. In addition to this, ask at what time period did it occur.
- Explain to the students that today we are going to create our own map
to use as a reference throughout the unit. We will be adding to it as we
read on in our books and explore other people and events. For today, we
will be identifying basic countries and geographical skills.
Sequence of Instruction --
- Pass out to each student the "guided worksheet" which contains
a blank map of Europe. Explain to them that each group is going to be responsible
for looking up three different items on our current list.
- In doing this, they must find the location of the item on the map and
explain why it is relevant to our studies. Then one member of the group
will be called to come up and mark the item on the map on the overhead,
while another member explains to the class its relevance.
- Model an example for them: Dachau . Dachau is located near Munich.
It was the first concentration camp established by the Nazis in 1933.
- Give the students approximately 5 to 7 minutes to find their items
before reconvening as a whole group.
- Have one group at a time come up and mark their item and explain its
- Ask the students what they learned today and how it can help them in
reading in the future.
- Did all the Jews who were "resettled" come from the same
Did they all go to the same country after being deported?
- Explain to them the expectations for the future assignments in daily
Each day they will answer the daily geography questions in their "We
Remember" booklets on the back page. Any map locations will be placed
on this map that we have begun. This means that they cannot lose this worksheet.
Evidence of Students Achieving Objectives:
- Students will locate specific items with a 70% accuracy during Daily
- Students will identify waterways, directional, size relevancy, etc.
(other skills) with 70% accuracy or better.
- If students are unable to work on their item in a group, then I will
assign them to work on it individually.
- In the case of the slower learner, it may be necessary to team them
up with another individual everyday for Daily Geography. In this situation,
the student would be chosen specifically by me and asked only to help the
student find the resources, but not the answer.
It is important for the students that they have a good knowledge base
of where each of these historical events are occurring. For the lesson
to be as fruitful as possible, I must choose meaningful and relevant places
and skills for the students to explore. It is my own goal to really tie
this exercise in meaningfully with the rest of the curriculum
(Questions are arranged sequentially to match the lessons in the unit.)
Locate these countries on your map:
Locate these waterways on your map:
[see map on next page for answers]
Where does Annemarie and Ellen live in our novel, Number the Stars
? Locate it on your map, noting the country it is within. Is it east or
west of Sweden?
In Number the Stars , as part of a resistance effort, Uncle Henrik
sails Ellen and her family along with other Jews to Sweden (a free country).
Which coast of Denmark (east or west) must he live on and in what direction
does he sail?
In The Devil's Arithmetic, Chaya's family has died and she is sent to live
with her aunt and uncle in a shtetl. Before she came here, where did she
preside with her parents? Locate it on your map.
In what country does The Devil's Arithmetic take place?
Anne Frank spent nearly two years in hiding from the Nazis. Her father's
office and hiding place at 263 Prinsengracht, is now a museum and home
of The Anne Frank Foundation. In what city and country is it located? Is
this north,west, south, or east of Germany?
Anne Frank died of a disease in the Nazi concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen.
In what country was this camp located?
The first death camp created by the Germans was in Dachau, Germany, 20
miles west outside of Munich. Locate this area on your map. It may require
you to use your legend.
Auschwitz is located in what country in Europe? Can you find it on your
In the documentary, Anne Frank Remembered , we learned that Anne's
cousin was living in safety in Switzerland while she was hiding. Is this
a city or a country? Where is it located on your map in relation to Germany
and the Netherlands?
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