Finding World War 1 resources was not as easy as I had expected. I had no shortage of resources for our in-depth studies of the American Revolution & the Civil War, so I thought there would be ample ones for WWI! These are the resources we used and enjoyed.
I discovered Ducksters‘ site during our Revolutionary Era study and then used it again during our study on the Civil War. The timelines cover the big events along with leaders, sides in the wars and other things that stand out, such as the Christmas truce & trench warfare. The site also goes into detail on a few of the battles. For a basic overview, it’s one of my first stops when we do an in-depth war study.
I reviewed Stubby the War Dog in my September Book Haul post, so I won’t go into detail here. If you can get ahold of it, it’s worth a read.
I also discussed Christmas in the Trenches, the story of the Christmas 1914 truce, in that post.
War Horse, the story of Joey the war horse & his owner young Albert, brought all of us to (happy) tears. We listened to the audiobook and, while my daughter wasn’t captivated, the rest of us loved it. Sometimes an English accent is difficult for my children to understand but the narration on this book was not a problem.
Everything World War 1 by National Geographic was a great resource for my second grader to read on his own. The book includes topics about battles and soldiers as well as topics on the home front, entertainment for the soldiers, etc.
One goal I have for this school year is to do a better job of incorporating world events from the viewpoints of the people actually affected rather than relying on materials written from a US view. I haven’t done much with it yet but this site written for children by the BBC is one way I have done this.
In the same vein, we read this article on how children helped with the war effort in England. While you are there, check out the other articles on the war. We read nearly all of them, really helping to round out our study. I look forward to using their World War 2 section.
We watched the first half of Blood & Oil: World War 1 in the Middle East. The kids didn’t get much out of it (I didn’t expect otherwise) but I knew that the rest of our study would be more Euro-centric, so this was my way of showing the war beyond European lines. I never learned this part of the war when I was in school…not that I learned much about WWI at all, really. (I finished the movie on my own and I’m glad I did. I learned quite a bit from it which I summarized for the kids.)