Pearl Harbor Day Classroom Resources

These videos, images, and media-rich lesson plans are from PBS LearningMedia New York , a service of WXXI Public Broadcasting in partnership with the NY State Public Media stations and PBS.


On December 7, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, WYES and The National WWII Museum will host a free Electronic Field Tripwith two live opportunities.

Archived Webcast from the 75th Anniversary | Download Curriculum

  • Pearl Harbor - video
    Grades 6-12
    Using this class discussion and writing project lesson from Panhandle PBS, students learn about the causes and events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • The Attack on Pearl Harbor - video
    Grades 5-10
    Go back in time to Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, with this segment of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa’s WWll Stories." Includes background essay + discussion questions to spark class discussion.

  • FDR's Pearl Harbor Speech - document
    Grades 9-12
    "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy…" Supplement history lessons by sharing FDR's response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Via American Experience)

  • WW2 - Crash Course World History - video
    Grades 9-13+
    Why did the Axis powers think forceful expansion was a good idea? How did the Allies ultimately prevail? Students explore these questions and more in this Crash Course.

  • Georgia World War II Oral History Project - videos
    Grades 6-12
    Offer students an insider perspective of WWII through the eyes of those who were touched by it with Georgia Public Broadcasting's World War II Veterans Oral History Project collection.

  • WXXI Veterans Connections Classroom Resources - videos
    Grades 2-13+
    From the War of 1812 and WWII to Iraq and Afghanistan, bring stories from the battlefront into the classroom with personal oral histories, archival footage, statistical data and more.

  • NPR Stories of Pearl Harbor -Audio, articles, photos, personal stories

    History, Survivors, Internment of Japanese-Americans, FDR Did Not Have Advanced Notice of the Attack

Note: Please preview all media for age appropriateness before using it with students. See grade level recommendations on media listings and cautionary notes for guidance.

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