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Whether you are around the corner or around the world, the National Museum of the Pacific War offers free livestreaming lessons right from the middle of our 33 thousand square foot state of the art gallery, or at our Living History Battlefield, or in our Learning Lab or anywhere on our 6 acre campus right to your classroom. Please select a lesson that would be support your needs today! 

Simple Steps to get going: 

• What do I need? Go to www.connect2texas.net/pages/home/connections/ and discover how simple and easy it is to request a Distance Learning Lesson from us to you. 

• The museum’s Distance Learning Program reservations are limited and are offered on a first-come, first served basis. In order to reserve a class for a specific time:

• First, to register for programs please go to www.connect2texas.net/pages/home/programs/, and then click on the red "Launch Program Filter”. From this location you should select The National Museum of the Pacific War from the Provider list. Now, you are registered! 

• Then, search a lesson plan from our Programs that works best for you listed on our page or our programs listed through the calendar on “Programs”. 

• If you cannot find a program or time that works for you or have any questions about our program, simply email us at distantlearning@nimitzfoundation.org. 

• Preparing for you lesson is easy. Just download from each lesson a Pre and Post Video Lesson activity, and the teacher’s Post Video Evaluation and you’re ready to go. 

Some things to keep in mind- Our programs are designed for classes for 12 to 35 students attending the lesson. More than one class in different locations can view the virtual lesson simultaneously, but only one can participate in it interactively. Program runtimes are: Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00-9:30; 10:00 -10:45 and 1:00-1:45. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). 

*The Education Department can also work with individual teachers creating a specialized virtual program to support individual teacher lessons. All questions and enquires are very much encouraged. Please contact us at distancelearning@nimitzfoundation.org

All Distant Learning Programs are also available as recordings available at www.connect2texas.net. However videotaping our program is not permitted.

Cancellation Policy- Please contact us at distancelearning@nimitzfoundation.org before your scheduled lesson should you need to cancel.

Thanks – we look forward to seeing you soon!


“Operation Overview”- World War II History in Review

Grade 11 

(Wayne Slaughter)

Overview of the Lesson:

This lesson is designed to engage 11th Grade students in thinking about the significance of the time period of 1939 to 1945 (World War II) as a turning point in United States History. Many US History teachers are hard pressed to provide a concise and engaging lesson that provides a wide scope of core material that is concisely connected to most state and national curriculum standards. This lesson provides an efficient survey of the European Theatre and a particular sharp focus on the Pacific Theatre during the war years-1939-1945.

Essential Questions:

Identify the main causes of the United States’ involvement in World War II.

Identify the impact of aggression of Italian, German and Japanese dictatorships as reasons for U.S. involvement in World War II.

Identify the impact of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Identify the impact of the following major events of World War II from the U.S. perspective:

·       fighting the war on multiple fronts 

·       the Bataan Death March

·       the U.S. military advancement through the Pacific Islands

·       the Battle of Midway

·       the invasion of Normandy

·       the liberation of concentration camps

Identify issues affecting the Home Front in the U.S.: 

·       volunteerism,

·       the purchase of war bonds

·       Victory Gardens 

·       opportunities and obstacles for women and ethnic minorities


Identify the causes and results of the United States engagement in World War II. 

·       For grade 11

·       40-45 minutes

Teacher’s Guide


Admiral Nimitz: A Lesson in Leadership and Good Citizenship

(Elizabeth McLain)

Overview of the Lesson:

These activities are designed to allow 5th-8th grade students to become actively engaged in discussions around good citizenship and leadership qualities as they pertain to Admiral Nimitz and World War II. Its intent is to help students connect to the broader story of World War II's Pacific campaigns by finding similarities between their life and the lives of those impacted by World War II. Two activities are included so that teachers may choose the one that best fits their class's interests, needs, and dynamics. Furthermore, these activities will prepare students for interactive discussion surrounding artifacts, anecdotes, and inside looks into the war in the Pacific. After students have this experience, an exit ticket asks students to activate critical thinking and identify aspects of good citizenship and leadership that they think made an impact on America during World War II. 

Essential Questions:

What makes someone a good leader? Why?

What happens when people give up? What happens when they decide not to give up? 

·       For grades 5,7 and 8

·       40-45 minutes

Teacher’s Guide


America Goes To War, Industrial Production Key To Victory

(Joe Ciccarelli)

Overview of the Lesson:

This lesson is designed to provide 5th graders with an overview of key events that led to the United States entering WWII. Students will also kinesthetically experience the dramatic production differences between the U.S. and Japan that contributed to America's victory. The intent of this lesson is for students to have an eye opening realization about the differences in industrial production between American and Japan.

Essential Questions:

How did US resources and production compare to Japan?

How did the US production contribute to the American victory in WWII?

·       For grades 5

·       40-45 minutes

Teacher’s Guide


Texas and Texans During WWII                                    

(Joe Ciccarelli)

Overview of the Lesson:

This lesson is designed to inform students about the roll that Texas played in WWII and to engage students in thinking about how race, gender and class influence historical perspectives and events. The biographies of the four Texans presented in the lesson when used together will demonstrates how WW II changed each of the participant’s lives and highlights the social issues and consequent changes in American society. 

Essential Questions:

Identify Texas’s role in helping the US win WWII.

Identify the contributions of 4 famous Texans in WWII and analyze the obstacles each overcame in their paths to success. 


Identify Texas’s role in helping the US win WWII. 

Identify the contributions of 4 famous

Texans in WWII and analyze the obstacles each overcame in their paths to success. 

·       For grades 7

·       40-45 minutes

Teacher’s Guide


The Museum Guide to the Pacific War

(Bryan Degner and David Shields)

Overview of the Lesson:

This lesson is designed for ALL grades 1st-12 grades with the objective of providing a detail focus or overview of the major components of the Pacific War. Many schools across Texas and the United States cannot come to the National Museum of the Pacific War and so this lesson provides a livestream interpretive tour of one area of the museum campus of interest: The George Bush Gallery, The Nimitz Gallery, The Pacific Combat Zone, The Japanese Garden of Peace, The Memorial Garden and The Plaza of the Presidents. Teachers can choose which areas of the museum and what themes they wish to concentrate on during their 45 minute teleconferencing lesson. 

Essential Questions:

How does a museum share the stories of a nation at war?

How is the Pacific War so unique among America’s wars?

Why did the US fight the Japanese?

·       For ALL grades 

·       40-45 minutes

Teacher’s Guide

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