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Pearl Harbor: Lesson Plans for Teachers
The Legacy of Pearl Harbor (Grades 3-5)
This lesson introduces students to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and asks them to consider the reasons why Japan might have wanted to expand its territory in the early 1940s.

Getting Involved in War (Grades 6-8)
This lesson introduces students to the reasons why the United States became involved in World War II and asks them to consider the reasons Japan decided to attack Pearl Harbor.

Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor? (Grades 9-12)
The United States military was largely taken by surprise at Pearl Harbor in 1941, although there had been some indication that the Japanese might be planning an attack. This lesson asks students to consider the United States’ level of preparedness for the attack and to think about what the U.S. could have done to be better prepared.
Use this downloadable pdf to explore the story of Pearl Harbor in classrooms. You will need Adobe Acrobat.

Return to Midway: World War II Sunken Ships and Survivors’ Stories
Relive National Geographic Explorer–in–Residence Bob Ballard’s search for the lost ships of World War II’s Battle of Midway.

MSNBC: Pearl Harbor, Attack on America
Experience the battle in this interactive feature.

A Brief History of Communications Intelligence in the United States
This site contains a brief history of communications intelligence in the United States.

Pearl Harbor Remembered
Explore links to many other Pearl Harbor resources.

Pearl Harbor History Associates
Read documents from the U.S. congressional hearings on Pearl Harbor.

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial—National Park Service
Visit the official site of this national memorial.

World War II Timeline
Find out what led up to the Pearl Harbor attack—and what it led to.

National Geographic Resources
   National Geographic    Allen, Thomas B. “Pearl Harbor: A Return to the Day of Infamy.” December 1991.
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   National Geographic    Simpich, Frederick. “Life on the Hawaiian ‘Front.’” October 1942.
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   National Geographic    Perkins, George C. “The Key to the Pacific.” April 1908.
   Search for these and other National Geographic resources in our publications index and our store.

Additional Resources
Fleming, Peter. Operation Sea Lion. Cassell Academic, 2000.

Gabreski, Francis S. Gabby: A Fighter Pilot’s Life. Schiffer, 1998.

Harrisson, Tom. Living Through the Blitz. Collins, 1976.

Hart, B.H. Liddell. History of the Second World War. Da Capo, 1999.

Haugland, Vern. Eagle Squadrons: Yanks in the RAF, 1940-1942. McGraw-Hill, 1992.

Kahn, David. The Codebreakers. Scribner, 1996.

Keegan, John. The Second World War. Penguin, 1990.

Layton, Edwin T., Roger Pineau, and John Costello. “And I Was There.” William Morrow, 1985.

Lewin, Ronald. The American Magic: Codes, Ciphers and the Defeat of Japan. Farrar Strauss, 1982.

Lord, Walter. Day of Infamy. Wordsworth Editions, 1999.

Mason, Francis K. Battle Over Britain. Aston, 1990.

Polmar, Norman, and Thomas B. Allen. World War II: The Encyclopedia of the War Years 1941-1945. Random House, 1995.

Prange, Gordon W. At Dawn We Slept. Viking Press, 1991.

Terkel, Studs. The Good War. New Press, 1997.

Townsend, Peter. Duel of Eagles. Phoenix Press, 2001.

Stilwell, Paul, ed. Air Raid: Pearl Harbor! United States Naval Institute, 1981.

Wohlstetter, Roberta. Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision. Stanford University, 1962.

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