The Holocaust: A Collection of Teaching Resources
Online activities, lesson plans, discussion guides, and book lists that explore the tragedy of the Holocaust.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Introducing the Holocaust
Students create questions they want answered about the Holocaust while they read quotes and listen to passages from books related to the tragedy.
Use this time line of 1945 events to help students understand how the Allied troops liberated the concentration camps and discovered the true extent of the Holocaust.
Students gain insight about the Holocaust with the use of a KWL chart and literature circles.
These inquiry-based lesson ideas will enrich students' understanding of World War II and the Holocaust while sharpening reading comprehension, writing, and research skills.
Conceptualizing the Tragedy
Create a unit that integrates English language arts and social studies by tying the Holocaust to modern issues in the Middle East and Africa.
Lesson plans, activities, and other resources to help you teach about and reflect upon the Holocaust
Students apply various math skills to better understand large numbers — especially large numbers that are historically significant but difficult to grasp, such as the number of people killed in camps during the Holocaust.
The story of Hitler's rise to power, the Holocaust, and how it affected Anne Frank and her family
Read a brief summary of Anne Frank's life and the history of her famous diary.
Expand your students' understanding of the famous diary by introducing them to two heroic women who bravely helped Anne Frank.
Students will become familiar with the life and times of Anne Frank as they create a class time line and complete a writing prompt based on The Story of Anne Frank by Brenda Ralph Lewis.
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her diary, but she wasn't the only person in her family to keep a diary. Her older sister, Margot, also had a diary, and her view of Anne and her family are very different.
The booktalk for Hidden Like Anne Frank introduces the collection of fourteen unforgettable true stories of children hidden away during World War II.
True Accounts and Nonfiction Resources
Unpack engaging reading response activities for the award-winning text, Hana’s Suitcase.
This poignant books tells the true stories of children who escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, a rescue mission led by concerned British people to save Jewish children from the Holocaust.
In Parallel Journeys, Eleanor Ayer tells the true story of two very different people who lived through World War II.
Historical Fiction Resources
An inquiry-based unit on the Holocaust that focuses on both the good and bad in human nature
Use the pre-reading questions and vocabulary builder to introduce students to Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. After reading the book, engage students with the post-reading extension activities.
When Anna starts her story about Heidi, a young girl whose father is the infamous Hitler, ten-year-old Mark thinks that it is just going to be another one of Anna's tales. These literature circle questions will help students think critically about the book and its characters.
Explore the characters, plot, setting, English and German vocabulary, and World War II, related to the book by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
Introduce Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan by discussing the definition of an enemy and talking about the historical context of the book with these guiding activities.
Use this discussion guide to lead class conversations about the themes, imagery, setting, forshadowing, humor, and characters in Torn Thread, a novel about two sisters sent to work in a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia.
A discussion guide to One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938 by Barry Denenberg in the Dear America historical fiction series.
Books that help kids understand the Jewish Holocaust, selected by author Jennifer Roy. Includes related drama, crafts, research, and writing activities.
Fiction and nonfiction books help younger readers understand the Holocaust.
Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl, The Book Thief, and many more titles suitable for in-depth discussion with middle and high school students.