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Found in: social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

On August 6th, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima destroying five square miles of the city and killing 90,000–166,000 of its citizens. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, three days later, on August 9th. On August 15th, the Japanese surrendered and WWII ended. These lessons, text resources, images, and video will help students understand an event that helped end WWII.

Lesson Plans

  • 1,000 Cranes Lesson Plan Students in grades 3-5 fold origami cranes as they learn about Japanese culture and the Hiroshima bombing in this cross-curricular lesson. This lesson can be adapted for all grades. Lists Ohio and National Standards.
  • Debating the Bomb Students in grades 9-12 research the development of the atomic bomb, debate the bomb's use, and investigate its continued influence. This cross-curricular lesson lists Common Core and California Standards.
  • Practice DBQ: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima & Nagasaki Students in grades 9-12 use primary documents to assess different perspectives on and evaluate the moral implications of the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.



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