Imagine living in a fox hole for three days,
praying that you live to see the next day. You
are wondering whether you will be blown to bits, shot or taken
prisoner by the enemy. Imagine that you are storming an island
beach and wondering whether the person who has become your only
friend on this lonesome front will be there in the morning. The
soldier in WWII had this mindset on a daily basis.
You will complete the following internet
activities alone or by working in pairs. It is your goal to complete
ALL of the activities, and I would suggest you visit
"EVALUATION" to see how your project will be submitted and marked.
The purpose of this Web Quest is to give you
a sampling of some of the aspects related to WWII. In each of
the activities, you will explore a different site and you will have
to answer questions. Some of these are more difficult than
others. The first thing you should do is write down the
internet address of this site, or add it to your "bookmarks"
or "favourites", for future reference. Good luck and have fun!
Internet Activities on World War II
- Losses in WWII
Activity 1: Look at the
map and determine who had the most casualties per operation.
(There are two maps: Europe and Asia/Japan)
Hint: It is suggested that
you have either an atlas or a map of Europe with you to complete
Activity 1. Italy is the boot-shaped country. If you do
not have a map with you, you may want to go to Activity 2 now and
come back to complete Activity 1 at another time. Remember that
you are not required to do these activities in order but they are to
be in order when your project is submitted. Good Luck!!
Give an estimated number for American
casualties in France and Italy.
- Were there more civilians or soldiers
killed during WWII?
- Based on casualties in the Pacific
ocean, who won this naval campaign?
- Were there more causalities in Europe or Asia/Japan?
- On what front were 12 million soldiers killed?
- Canadian Soldiers
When did D-Day take place?
- On what beach did D-Day occur?
- Approximately how many Canadian soldiers
landed in Normandy on D-Day?
- On D-Day in Normandy, how many Canadian
soldiers suffered casualities?
- Of the casualities, how many were fatal?
Who are they?
- "Henri's War Service
Record" - When did he embark for Europe?
- When did Henri die and
where was he buried?
- "A Proud
Canadian" - Where was Henri born, and who were his
parents? Did he have siblings?
- "The Commemorative
Names Project" - What geographical feature is named after Henri
and where is it located?
"Loren's War Service
Record" - When did Loren enlist?
- When did Loren die, and
what regiment was he serving with at the time?
- "A Son and A
Brother" - What are the names of his parents and siblings?
- "A Tragic End"
- In a few sentences, describe the day which ended Loren's life.
- Where was Loren buried?
Bataan Death March
Activity 4: This one will
take you some time to complete because you are not told where to find
the information. The chapter titles MAY help you, however. Read
the questions carefully before going to the site.
Describe the living quarters and the
conditions at Hoten.
- How were officers and the enlisted men
- What happened to men during the march if
they fell or could not keep up?
- How did the Japanese guards entertain
themselves during the march?
- How many Americans died during the
Bataan Death March?
Courage - Canadian "Secret Agents"
There was a small, unique
group of Canadians who volunteered to be "secret agents"
behind enemy lines during World War II.
These Canadian "secret agents"
came from many backgrounds but primarily three. What were they?
- Canadian "secret agents"
served with what two British secret organizations?
- What was the function of M.I. 9?
- Describe the training of these agents?
of the Red Cross Society of Brackley Beach, PEI
According to Ellen Cudmore, how many young
men from the community of Brackley Beach served overseas from 1940-1944?
- What did the Red Cross Society of
Brackley Beach send to these young men?
Activity 7: Visit the
Powers of Persuasion site to investigate how governments used posters
as a medium to rally support for war efforts. Then visit the
Propaganda Posters page, and select one poster on that page to answer
the following questions about it. Please include the title of
the poster that you have chosen with your assignment.
What is the poster's hidden
or implied message?
What words are chosen for impact?
What group or individual is
the poster meant to persuade?
How does the poster you have
chosen make you feel?
Persuasive Posters of Peace
(Linked to your creative brain!)
Think of ways that you can
promote peace within your home, school, and community. On a
piece of 8.5 x 11" (standard) paper, you are to design and
create a poster which conveys the message of PEACE successfully.
You are not required to answer the following questions but do
consider them while you are designing.
What actions or ideas do the
words ask the observer to take or share?
How do the words and/or
pictures together convey a strong message?
What role does color play in
creating the poster?
What feelings does the poster
engender in the observers?
When all of the posters are
complete, a "Posters of Peace" gallery will be created in
our school. Everyone will be invited to select the most
You have had the opportunity to view some
important aspects of WWII: causalities, heroes, and important
battles. After completing the above activities, you should have
better knowledge and understanding of the enormous loss of life
inflicted by WWII.
You will have also thought of and shared a
way in which PEACE can be promoted within a family, a school, and/or
a community with the creation of your "Poster of Peace".
You are required to complete ALL of the
activities. The due date is FEBRUARY
There is ample time for you to complete this project
successfully. There will be NO extensions to this due
date. You are certainly welcome to submit your project early!
The questions will be answered using
You may complete the activities in any
order. When it is submitted, however, it will be IN ORDER with
the activity numbers and the question numbers clearly indicated.
Your project will have a cover page with the
title of your project, your name (and your partner's name), date of
submission, and the name of your Social Studies class and teacher.
Students always ask whether things should be
double-spaced or single-spaced, handwritten or typewritten.
Although double-spaced and typed papers are always easier to read for
the person who is marking, it really doesn't matter for this project
as long as it is well-organized and well-written! There are 5
marks allocated for Organization/Neatness.
Your persuasive Peace Poster (activity 8)
may be as creative as you like. However, it is to be designed
on one sheet of 8.5 x 11" (standard-size) paper, the colour of
the paper and medium are your choice. Please write your name on
the BACK of your poster so that it can be returned to you after the
"Poster of Peace Gallery" closes.
Marking: 35 Questions = ?/35,
Peace Poster = ?/10, Organization/Neat = ?/5
you have any questions regarding your project or if you need
assistance with your Quest, please speak with your social studies
teacher Mr. MacKinnon. You can email me with your questions as
well and I'll get back to you ASAP. Have fun!