Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
The Road to Pearl Harbor: The United States and East Asia, 1915–1941
A series of lesson plans from National Endowment for the Humanities on the events leading up to and following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Japanese Americans & The Constitution: Digital Exhibition by the Smithsonian Institute
This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute chronicles the stories and experiences of Japanese Americans following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Included are first-person accounts, historical photos, newspaper clippings, artifacts, and other primary sources for study.
Pearl Harbor & Executive Order 9066: A Lesson on Japanese American Internment During WWII
In these lesson plans from PBS Learning Media, students will learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor and Executive Order 9066, signed just two months later, which authorized the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps. The lesson plan includes videos, historical photographs, and other primary sources for analysis.
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
A collection of audio recorded interviews of Americans from all over the US, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. They feature opinions and perspectives from everyday life and on the US entering WWII.
The Pritzker Military Museum
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is a non-partisan, non-governmental museum dedicated to military history, military affairs, and national security public education. It hosts a large online collection of historical photographs, artifacts, memorabilia, books, videos, magazines, and veteran biographies, most of which is available online.
Pearl Harbor for Kids
A kid-friendly encyclopedic article on the events of Pearl Harbor by National Geographic Kids.
Pearl Harbor Education Resources from the National WWII Museum
A collection of resources, lesson plans, and primary sources for learning about Pearl Harbor from the National WWII Museum. Some of the activities include analyzing FDR's Pearl Harbor Address, exploring the high school yearbooks from students who lived through the event, and designing a memorial.
Pearl Harbor Interactive Map
This interactive map was created by Hidenori Watanave, a professor of computer science and design at the Metropolitan University in Tokyo, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. You can use the map to explore various sites and locations in Hawaii, and each site is accompanied by additional information and resources.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Map-Based Exhibition
Explore the attack on Pearl Harbor via interactive timeline, complete with historical photos, a map of important sites, and details of events that occurred that day. Produced by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Underwater Tour of the USS Arizona
The USS Arizona lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and is a permanent memorial site. In 2017, National Geographic published an underwater tour of the sunken battleship.
Pearl Harbor Fact Sheet
This fact sheet from the US Census Bureau details the attack that lead the US into WWII. Inside you can find statistics on casualties and war plane and battleship damages.
The Arizona Revisited: Divers Explore the Legacy of Pearl Harbor.
A first hand account article by Daniel J. Lenihan of a diver employed by the National Park Service to promote preservation of historic shipwrecks and other underwater archeological sites published in the Natural History Magazine.
Japanese Planes Bomb Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Explodes & Sinks
This footage was filmed during the Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. The photographer captured footage of an explosion aboard the USS Arizona. Presented on You Tube by the National Archives
USS Arizona Memorial
Half of the casualties in the attack on Pearl Harbor were aboard the USS Arizona battleship, which remains sunken in Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial was built over the ship in the harbor.
Lesson Plans: The USS Arizona Memorial
In this history lesson plan from the National Park Service for 6-8 grade, students will evaluate primary sources to examine how place affects culture and society.
Attack at Pearl Harbor
Eyewitness to History aggregates testimonials from those who experienced and lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor to tell its story.
USS Arizona Memorial
The official website of USS Arizona Memorial memorial from the National Park Service. It is also referred to as the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
Air Raid on Pearl Harbor
A synopsis of of the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as a collection of primary sources for further reading, from the Library of Congress.