Commemorate the Anniversary of the End of the Battle of the Somme – #CelebratewithDE

The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of World War I, begun on July 1, 1916 and ended on November 18, 1916. It was fought with an all-volunteer force and the most troops Britain had ever sent into battle. Britain, France, and their allies hoped to move German forces from their trenches and push them even further back, but the battle was a bloody letdown. Mark the 100th anniversary of the end of this battle, which had the most casualties in one day of any battle in history, with primary source video and images.


Video Collection

Primary source video helps students understand the scope and environs of soldiers in World War I. These videos include newsreel and documentary footage, along with a modern day look at the battlegrounds.

battle-of-sommeThe Battle of the Somme – July 1, 1916

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Grades 6-8

The Battle of the Somme is remembered for its futility and record number of casualties within one day: 60,000 British troops. The magnitude of this failure sparked protests and eventually a change in leadership when the British prime minister resigned. Good overview of the battle.

somme_riverThe Battle at Somme River: The Bloodbath

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Grades 9-12

More than 800,000 people were killed in battles at Somme River, mostly Allied troops. Generals with rigid plans caused thousands of needless deaths. Includes details about General Haig and battle strategies and challenges.

somme_valleyThe Somme Valley & World War One

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Grades 9-12

The host visits Somme Valley, scene of an historic World War I battle. This is a modern look at the Somme Valley, including discussion by a tour guide, a look at the monuments, and video of the places where the battle occurred.

restoring_battleSegment of Dan Snow’s Battle of the Somme: Restoring the Battle of the Somme

Discovery Education Streaming, Grades 9-12

Reveals the two films created during the battle of the Somme and introduces the cameramen who risked their lives to document the war on film. The segment also discusses how modern technology has allowed professionals to restore the aged film and analyzes the films’ popularity. Note: This program contains content and language that may be inappropriate for some viewers, please preview before sharing in class.


Text

somme_graveBattles of the Somme

Discovery Education Streaming, Encyclopedia Article, Grades 6-8, 9-12

Looks at two important series of battles fought by the British and the French against German forces during World War I, in the Somme River area in France.


Image Gallery

Use images from the battle to frame discussions about who fought and why and what the experience might have been like.

image_1British Troops on the Front Line, Somme Area 1916

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, All Grades

 

 

image_2Indian gun crew, Somme and Ancre area, 1916

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, All Grades

 

 

image_3A Scottish Highlander takes a German prisoner

Discovery Education Streaming, All Grades

 

 

image_4N.Z. troops in the Somme and Ancre area

Discovery Education Streaming, All Grades

 

 

image_5British medics tend a wounded German soldier

Discovery Education Streaming, All Grades

 

 


Instructional Strategy

soscircleSOS Strategy: Jigsaw

This strategy relies on different but related content to encourage student groups to assemble new knowledge cooperatively. Teachers organize information and resources, assign different resources to student groups, and facilitate sharing with the whole class. Use the variety of media in this collection – video, text, and images – to have your students delve first into one resource or type of media and then form cooperative understandings based on new inferences and information.

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