WW II Communication Fair

Each year, we participate in the Supply Line program with the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. They ship a traveling trunk of a full officer’s kit along with a story (which we dramatized like a radio program) of a soldier called Will Van Allen. We use the artifacts in many different ways in the classroom to help tell the story of the experience of war. This year, we created an extension lesson about Communication in World War II. We set up stations around the room for ciphering, mapping, data encoding, Morse code and semaphore signalling and a mock art department to pump out propaganda posters. The children were divided into two groups and given the afternoon to solve a series of 12 challenges using all these different modes of communication. Here are some shots of them at work.

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