World War II Worksheets, Crosswords, and Coloring Pages

World War II Planes
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World War II was the defining event of the mid-20th century and no course in U.S. history is complete without a survey of the war, its causes, and its aftermath. Plan your homeschooling activities with these World War II worksheets, including crosswords, word searches, vocabulary lists, coloring activities, and more.

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World War II Wordsearch

World War II Wordseach
Beverly Hernandez

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On Sept. 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland, prompting Great Britain and France to declare war on Germany. The Soviet Union and the United States would both enter the war two years later, forming an alliance with Britain and the French resistance against the Nazis and their Italian allies in Europe and North Africa. In the Pacific, the U.S., along with China and the U.K. battled the Japanese across Asia.

With Allied troops closing in on Berlin, Germany surrendered May 7, 1945. The Japanese government surrendered on Aug. 15, following the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All told, some 20 million soldiers and 50 million civilians died in the global conflict, including an estimated 6 million people, mostly Jews, killed in the Holocaust.

In this activity, students will search for 20 words associated with the war, including the names of Axis and Allied leaders and other related terms.

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World War II Vocabulary

World War II Vocabulary Worksheet
Beverly Hernandez

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In this activity, students must answer 20 questions about World War II, choosing from a variety of war-related words. It’s a perfect way for elementary-age students to learn key terms associated with the conflict.

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World War II Crossword Puzzle

World War II Crossword Puzzle
Beverly Hernandez

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In this activity, students can learn more about World War II by matching the clue with the appropriate term in this fun crossword puzzle. Each of the key terms used ​has been provided in a word bank to make the activity accessible for younger students. ​

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World War II Challenge Worksheet

World War II Challenge Worksheet
Beverly Hernandez

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Challenge your students with these multi-choice questions about the people who played a major role in WWII. This worksheet builds upon vocabulary terms introduced in the Word Search exercise.

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World War II Alphabet Activity

World War II Alphabet Activity
Beverly Hernandez

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This worksheet is a great way for younger students to practice their alphabetizing skills using terms and names from World War II introduced in earlier exercises.

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World War II Spelling Worksheet

World War II Spelling Worksheet
Beverly Hernandez

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This exercise will help students improve their spelling skills and reinforce knowledge of important historical figures and events from the war.

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World War II Vocabulary Study Sheet

World War II Vocabulary Study Sheet
Beverly Hernandez

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Students can build upon their earlier vocabulary lesson with this 20-question fill-in-the-blank worksheet. This exercise is a great way to discuss the leaders of World War II and spark interest in additional research.

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World War II Coloring Page

World War II Coloring Page
Beverly Hernandez

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Spark your students' creativity with this fun coloring page, featuring an Allied air attack on a Japanese destroyer. You can use this activity to lead a discussion about important naval battles in the Pacific, such as the Battle of Midway.

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Iwo Jima Day Coloring Page

Iwo Jima Day Coloring Page
Beverly Hernandez

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The Battle of Iwo Jima lasted from Feb. 19, 1945, until March 26, 1945. On Feb. 23, 1945, the American flag was raised at Iwo Jima by six United States Marines. Joe Rosenthal was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of the raising of the flag. The U.S. military occupied Iwo Jima until 1968 when it was returned to Japan.

Kids will love coloring this iconic image from the Battle of Iwo Jima. Use this exercise to discuss the battle or the famous Washington D.C. monument to those who fought in the conflict.