UKEdMag: 26 First World War Lesson Ideas For Schools

7) Tunnel Books

Create a tunnel book (see example at using paper or card to show scenes from no man’s land, the trenches or a dugout with non-fiction explanations of the scene, or write poems based on war poetry.


8) Teddy Bear Trenches

Keeping dry and warm was almost a full time job for soldiers in the trenches. Create a small trench in your school grounds and ask your pupils to create small shelters or standardised ‘guinea pig’ teddy bears. As these bears are absorbent they will soak up the rain. If they are the same design they should weigh the same. The winning shelter is the one with the lightest bear after being in the trenches for a number of rainy days.

9) Entrenched Classroom

Use classroom furniture to create small trench dugouts, the small sheltered sleeping areas created in the more established trenches. Fashion with the same materials as the rest of the trench, mud and wood, these offered limited respite from the elements. Use light-blocking blankets over the tables to create small 2m by 2m spaces connected by table tunnels. Ask the pupils to stay in the ‘cosy’ environment to write about the experience with virtually no light.

10) Ration books

Most people know about ration books in the second war, but they were also used in World War One as more and more food and other supplies were directed to the front lines. Use as the basis of a science lesson on the topic of nutrition, use historical records to look at what people on the home front were eating and compare to healthy guidelines for today.

11) Ketchup Artillery

This is as messy as it sounds, so this is something you will want to try outside, and possibly use water instead. Experiment with how the angle of your Artillery will change the impact point using the same amount of force (squeeze). Use a refillable squeezy bottle of ketchup and try squeezing it at a angle of 0, 25, 50 and 75 degrees from the horizontal ground. Measure the note the distance travelled for each angle using the same force and refilling the bottle each time. Extend the activity by providing a target. Any volunteers?

12) Women and the War

By 1918 there were five million women working in Britain, which was about 30% of the workforce. This, slowly, brought about social change to change the world to what we see today. Research and compare daily routines and opportunities before, during and after the war. Explore the connections between women’s suffrage and the war.

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