Activity Overview

D-Day is one of the most well known moments of World War II, and served as an important moment in changing the tide of the war. For this activity, students will create a spider map that answers the 5 Ws of D-Day: who, what, when, where, and why. Students can create their own questions or use teacher-created questions.

Extension Activity

For this extended activity, students should create a T-Chart that compares and contrasts the different beach invasions during D-Day. Students should select from Utah beach, Omaha beach, Gold beach, Juno beach, and Sword beach. Students should research the terrain, leaders, casualties, and outcomes of the invasions and share with their peers the similarities and differences between these incredibly significant beaches for the Allied liberation of France.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a 5W analysis of D-Day: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title box for each cell, type questions for Who, What, When, Where and Why.
  3. In the descriptions, answer the question.
  4. Create an image for each cell with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and History

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World War II: (1942-1945)

Image Attributions
  • D-Day • BillDamon • License Attribution (
  • General Eisenhower • jimbowen0306 • License Attribution (
  • George Peck Collection Photo • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives • License No known copyright restrictions (
  • Normandy Invasion Map • Brevort • License Attribution (
  • Normandy Landings 1 • tok tokkie • License Attribution (
  • Wisdom from General Eisenhower • Infrogmation • License Attribution (
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