Welcome to the Bataan Commemorative Research Project website! Hopefully, you will be able to use some of these materials in your classroom when you are discussing World War II. Though this site was designed primarily to research and remember the local history of our veterans in the Bataan Death March, this project has grown beyond the wildest imagination of the founding teachers, Jim Opolony, Ian Smith and Renee Johansson. With the help of Social Studies teacher, Trish Howard, the project continues to grow. We have developed some activities that assist our students in appreciation of the sacrifices made by our former students and hopefully they will assist you in your classroom. Most activities can be done during (1) class period in an internet lab. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINKS for teaching the War in the Pacific
MAP ACTIVITIES were designed to help students become more aware of the geography of the Pacific theatre during WWII, along with the geography of Southeast Asia, the United States, and locally in Maywood, Illinois. Activity worksheets are available under the MAP ACTIVITIES link.
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES DEALING WITH:
- THE HISTORY OF THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH
- THE VARIOUS COMPANIES OF THE 192ND TANK BATTALION
- DISEASES INCURRED BY THE POW’S
- THE HELL SHIPS THAT THE POW’S WERE ON WHEN THEY WERE TAKEN TO THEIR POW CAMPS.
- THE ACTUAL PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS THAT HELD OUR SOLDIERS
Activity pages will focus on all of these aspects and worksheets can be printed out for student use.
RESEARCH LINKS are provided for further research and are located on the HOME PAGE under Links.
Books on Bataan and the Death March