Remembering Pearl Harbor

Commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor by having your students study both the context of the event, the day of the attack, and the United States’ response. Rely on primary source resources such as a President Franklin D. Roosevelt speech and man-on-the-street interviews taken just after the attack. Once students are armed with knowledge about the details of the attack and response, encourage them to create a news report that would have informed citizens about the event when it occurred in 1941.


World War II: Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Investigate the causes, events, and results of World War II. Explore the factors that led to the United States’ involvement in the war and the events of the war that changed history.

Morning of December 7, 1941
(Canada Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment [04:08]

Outlines the Japanese military’s preparations for their attack on Pearl Harbor, and exhibits archival footage of United States military personnel on the day of the attack.

Pearl Harbor Speech to the Congress of the United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt December 8, 1941
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Audio [10:42]

December 7, 1941 was a date that would live in infamy: The attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the United States into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech, filled with pathos and patriotism, moved a reticent and lethargic Congress to declare war. A Speech Guide and Speech Transcript accompany the audio.


Aftermath of Pearl Harbor
(Canada Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment [04:26]

Showcases the vigor and resolve that energized the United States following the Battle of Pearl Harbor, and reviews veterans who received medals and awards as a result of their actions.


Have students take on the role of a news reporter attempting to create a report about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Use the strategy XO Let’s Go (Canada Version) to encourage students to share information before they craft their reports. They could even work in small teams and focus on varying aspects of the attack. If you have access to Social Studies Techbook, use the activity Newscast: Pearl Harbor for students in grades 6-12. In this activity, students play the role of a radio news reporter and learning materials include firsthand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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