Second World War Scavenger Hunt Grades 4 to 6

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					                 Second World War Scavenger Hunt
                          Grades 4 to 6

Have you ever wondered when the Second World War took place, how long it lasted, or how
it affected the people who were involved? Answer the questions below by using the Internet
references that follow. When you have finished, answer the Big question at the end!

When you have completed this scavenger hunt, you can use your answers to put
information on your classroom Road to Peace. Don’t forget to also print some photographs
that you may find that you can cut out and stick on your Road to Peace as well.


1. How many years did the Second World War last?
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/canada2/
intro

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2. The Second World War was not confined to soldiers and battlefields. In your own words,
briefly describe where the war had an impact and who was affected by the conflict. Check
out the first paragraph.
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/canada2/intro

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3. The Second World War began in September 1939. At that time, how many Canadian
men and women had volunteered to serve in the Canadian Forces?
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=teach_resources/secfact

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4. In total, how many Canadians served in the Second World War and how many lost their
lives? http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=teach_resources/secfact

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5. How did the war affect everyday life on the home front in Canada?
http://warmuseum.ca/cwm/chrono/1931home_front_e.html

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6. In your own words, describe how Canada partnered in the success of the Allied landings
in Normandy (D-Day)? http://warmuseum.ca/cwm/chrono/1931d_day_e.html

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7. Approximately how many Canadians landed at Normandy on D-Day?
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=teach_resources/secfact

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BIG Questions

If the soldiers in the landing craft felt fearful of what the enemy had in store for them on
D -Day, then it is not difficult to imagine what must have been going through the minds of
the 450 Canadian paratroopers who were asked to drop into enemy territory. They had to do
this in the dead of night and from low altitude. They would be the first to engage the enemy.

As one Canadian said:

      "I'll never forget that eerie feeling of being by yourself in the middle of the night
      among thousands of enemy troops and not having a clue as to where [the hell] you
      were".

They landed, scattered by the wind, behind the German coastal defences. Their task was to
destroy or seize bridges, hold important cross-roads, and capture enemy strong points.
They were able to confuse the enemy, creating havoc among their ranks and prevent the
Germans from quickly moving their reinforcements forward.

Describe what you think these paratroopers were thinking as they were dropping into enemy
territory.

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Describe the values of courage, sacrifice and teamwork that these Canadians exhibited to
see them through this conflict. From their experiences, what do you learn about striving to
better yourself, for your communities, and the world.

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Imagine that you are a parent during the Second World War and you have to watch your
teenaged son, barely out of high school, go overseas. Then try to imagine travelling
thousands of miles across the ocean to visit his war grave, 40 years after you last saw him
alive. Describe how you, as that parent, would have felt.

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