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The Holocaust from Beginning to End


Subject:World History
Grade:3-5, 6-8

Brief Description
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Students learn about the events that occurred before, during, and after the Holocaust and create a time line showing how those events are connected.


Students will

  • research print and online resources.
  • create a time line.
  • work in collaborative groups.


time line, Holocaust, Nazi, concentration camp, persecution, Jews

Materials Needed

  • materials for creating a bulletin-board time line and display, such as string, letters and numbers cut from construction paper, images of the Holocaust, index cards
  • library resources
  • Internet resources, which can be printed if students do not have Internet access

Lesson Plan

Arrange students into seven groups and assign each group one of the following periods related to the Holocaust: Rise of the Nazi Party, Nazification, Ghettos, Camps, Resistance, Rescue and Liberation, and Aftermath. (See Timeline.)

Have students learn more about their assigned periods by exploring the time line, library resources and, if possible, such online resources as A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust, The Rise of Adolf Hitler, Educational Resources, The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students, and An Online Memorial to the Victims of the Holocaust.

Ask students in each group to choose four of the most significant events of their assigned period and briefly describe each event on an index card.

Create a time line on the bulletin board, and have students attach their index cards in the correct order. As students attach the cards, encourage them to describe each event and explain its significance. If possible, ask students to connect each event to preceding events on the time line.


Students answer 36 Questions About the Holocaust. Questions can be printed, copied, and distributed to students. Answers to all the questions are also available and printable. Click any question to obtain the entire list of answers.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

Social Sciences:

Originally published 06/12/2000
Last updated 03/18/2010