Lesson Plans

With our team of curriculum experts from across the country, the War Memorial Center education department recently created dozens of new K-12 lesson plans that are offered on-site or can be used remotely for synchronous and asynchronous learning. Bookmark this page and find programs here as we release them.

The War Memorial Center offers these education programs featuring the service experience – all with onsite or virtual options for K-12, college, and community members, and of varying lengths to fit your schedule.

War Memorial Lesson Plans

War Memorial Center: Milwaukee’s Mid-century Modern Masterpiece
Learn about the origins of the War Memorial Center and its captivating murals…
Duration: 2-3 hours
Grades: Community
War Memorial Center: Milwaukee’s ​ Mid-century Modern Masterpiece
Learn about the origins of the War Memorial Center and its landmark building…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 1-5
War Memorial Center: Milwaukee’s Mid-century Modern Masterpiece
Learn about the origins of the War Memorial Center and its captivating murals…
Duration: 2-3 periods
Grades: 7-12
A Life of Valor: Captain Lance P. Sijan
This lesson explores the meaning of valor through the story of Medal of Honor recipient Lance Sijan…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 9-12
Military 101: Grades K-2
This lesson explores the basic structure of the United States military….
Duration: 60 minutes
Grades: K-2
Military 101: Grades 3-5
This lesson explores the basic structure of the United States military….
Grades: 3-5
Military 101: Grades 6-8
This lesson explores the basic structure of the United States military….
Duration: 60 minutes
Grades: 6-8
Women in the Military: Grades 3-5
Students get a basic overview of the U.S. military and the combat eras in which women have served…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
Student to Seaman
Through this lesson, students will follow the decision-making process of one young Milwaukee student…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 9-12, Community
Women in the military
I Am Not Invisible Exhibit Guide
Learn about the Milwaukee-area women veterans from every ​era from WWII through the present….
Duration: 2-3 Hours
Grades: 6-12, College, Community
The Medal of Honor – Synchronous
Students will learn about the Medal of Honor, the United States government’s highest award for valor…
Duration: 45 -60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
Medal of Honor – Asynchronous
Students will learn about the Medal of Honor, the U.S. government’s highest award for valor….
Duration: 45-60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
archival photos magazines and documents
History Detectives
Through this lesson, students will learn how to think like historians, curators and archivists….
Duration: 3-4 class periods
Grades: 6-8
WWII Pen Pals
Students will learn about the morale-building power of letters through the story of…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 6-8
The Art of War Lesson
This lesson explores the camouflage and deception tactics used in the military, including the WWII…
Duration: 1-2 hours
Grades: Community
What Wisconsin Wore to War
Students will take a closer look at uniforms and their purpose throughout United States history and…
Duration: 1 class period
Grades: 9-12
Three Stories from the Vietnam War
Learn about the Vietnam War through the stories of three Wisconsin service members…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 6-8
Engineering Projects in the Vietnam War
Explore U.S. military engineering projects and infrastructure support in the Vietnam War…
Duration: 2-3 class periods 
Grades: 9-12
How to Talk to Veterans
Many veterans and military members like to share their service stories with others. Learn how to int…
Duration: 1 Class Period
Grades: 2-5, 6-8, 9-12, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts
Above and Beyond, Gary G. Wetzel, Medal of Honor Recipient
This lesson explores the six core values of the Medal of Honor (courage, commitment, citizenship, sa…
Duration: 2 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
“Getting Our Voices Heard,” Stories of Latino Vietnam Veterans
This lesson explores the experience of Latino servicemen in Vietnam, focusing on the question of ser…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Forging Your Own Path: One Woman’s Story of Lifelong Growth
Students will learn about the life choices that led Yolanda Medina to decline a full college scholar…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Profile of Conscience and Courage: Carl Zeidler
This lesson explores the notions of conscience and courage through the story of Carl Zeidler, who le…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Letters Home: Pfc. Wallock Writes his Mother (WWII)
This lesson explores the daily life of an ordinary serviceman during World War II. Learners will rea…
Duration: 30-45, 45-60, or 75-90 minutes
Grades: Community
“Don’t Spare the Ink” — A Life in Letters (WWII)
This lesson explores the daily experience of a World War II serviceman through the lens of letters w…
Duration: 1-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Missing in Action: The Story of Matthew Rosenblum
This lesson explores the concept of missing in action (MIA) – and the implications for family member…
Duration: 2 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college
Motherhood and War: A Story of Hope, Loss, and Mourning
This lesson explores war from a mother’s perspective. Anna Rosenblum’s son Captain Matthew Rosenblum…
Duration: 60-90 minutes
Grades: College and community
Profile of Conscience and Courage: George William “Bill” Fox
This lesson explores the notions of service and sacrifice through the story of George Fox, a World W…
Duration: 1-3 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8, 9-12, college, community
“We Got the Job Done:” The Quiet Warriors of the 6888th
This lesson explores the role of African American women in the armed forces during World War II. Mil…
Duration: 2 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8
SCRUB AND JOE: EYEWITNESSES TO HISTORY
This lesson explores the question of what it means to be an eyewitness to history. It centers on a l…
Duration: 1-2 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8, 9-12, College
War, Love & Loss: A Woman’s Perspective
This lesson explores how women coped with the uncertainty and pain endured while waiting for the ret…
Duration: 2-4 Class Periods
Grades: Grades 6-8
War and Loss: A Mother’s Mission of Hope
This lesson explores the experience of hope and loss of a WWII Gold Star Family – one that had lost…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: Grades 9-12
The Women they Left Behind
This lesson explores the fragmented stories of four women, whose lives were affected by one man’s se…
Grades: Community
Women-in-the-Military-K-2
Women in the Military
This lesson provides an overview of wars women have served in throughout United States history. It a…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-2
Women-in-the-Military-6-8
Women in the Military
This lesson takes a deeper look at the female service experience through writing prompts, reading ac…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 6-8
Women-in-the-Military-9-12
Women in the Military
This lesson takes a deeper look at the female service experience through writing prompts, reading ac…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 9-12
Mail-Call-6-8
Mail Call
This lesson will discuss the history and purposes of V-Mail through primary sources and videos. Stud…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 6-8
Mail-Call-Boy-Scouts
Mail Call Boy Scouts
This lesson will discuss the history and purposes of V-Mail during WWII. Scouts will then have the o…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: Boy Scouts
Mail-Call-Girl-Scouts
Mail Call Girl Scouts
This lesson will discuss the history and purposes of V-Mail during WWII. Scouts will then have the o…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: Girl Scouts
Mail-Call-K-5
Mail Call K-5
Students will learn about the importance of mail to those serving in the military and especially dur…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-5
Cause-and-Effect-9-12
Cause and Effect: Military Uniforms and Equipment
Students will learn how to utilize the concept of cause and effect to identify how and why military…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 9-12
Military-Mascot-K-2
Military Mascots
Students will learn to define a mascot and talk about why mascots are important and what purpose the…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-2
Military-Uniforms-6-8
Historical Military Uniforms
Students will learn the symbolism of uniforms in the military and discuss what purpose they serve….
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 6-8
Operation-Iraqi-Freedom-9-12
Operation Iraqi Freedom 9-12
This lesson explores the story of Operation Iraqi Freedom and those who lost their lives serving. Th…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12
Symbolism-and-Unit-Patches-6-8
Symbolism and Unit Patches 6-8
Students will learn about symbols – how and why they are used, especially in the context of the U.S….
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8
September-11-2001-6-12
The Day That Changed the World 6-12
Students will gain a basic understanding of the events of September 11, 2001, and discuss the impact…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 6-12
September-11-2001-1-5
The Day That Changed the World 1-5
Students will gain a basic understanding of the events of September 11, 2001, and discuss the impact…
Duration: 1-2 Class Periods
Grades: 1-5
Roy-Little-9-12
Piggyback Planes: The Story of Roy Little (WWII)
Students will hear about two bombers that became attached to each other in mid-air and about the Mil…
Duration: 2 class periods
Grades: 9-12
War Posters: The Power of Persuasion
This lesson explores the imaging and messaging of war posters in WWI and WWII and then students will…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-2
warposter_3-5
War Posters: The Power of Persuasion
Students will learn how WWI and WWII war posters influenced political attitudes and public opinion….
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
warposter_9-12
War Posters: Weapons on the Wall
Students will analyze how war propaganda posters influenced people, politics, events and cultures du…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 9-12
Recorded QnA: Gary G. Wetzel Medal of Honor Recipient
Watch this QnA session with local high school students, recorded on National Medal of Honor Day (Mar…
Duration: 45 minutes + discussion
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Recorded QnA: Area Vietnam veterans answer questions from Milwaukee Public Schools students
This program aired live on National Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29, 2021….
Duration: 45 minutes + discussion
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Recorded Roundtable Discussion: The Latino Service Experience
This program was recorded on March 26, 2021, the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the American GI…
Duration: 45 minutes + discussion
Grades: 9-12, college, community
War Memorial Center: Milwaukee’s Mid-century Modern Masterpiece
Learn about the origins of the War Memorial Center and its captivating murals…
Duration: 2-3 hours
Grades: Community
War Memorial Center: Milwaukee’s ​ Mid-century Modern Masterpiece
Learn about the origins of the War Memorial Center and its landmark building…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 1-5
War Memorial Center: Milwaukee’s Mid-century Modern Masterpiece
Learn about the origins of the War Memorial Center and its captivating murals…
Duration: 2-3 periods
Grades: 7-12
A Life of Valor: Captain Lance P. Sijan
This lesson explores the meaning of valor through the story of Medal of Honor recipient Lance Sijan…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 9-12
Military 101: Grades K-2
This lesson explores the basic structure of the United States military….
Duration: 60 minutes
Grades: K-2
Military 101: Grades 3-5
This lesson explores the basic structure of the United States military….
Grades: 3-5
Military 101: Grades 6-8
This lesson explores the basic structure of the United States military….
Duration: 60 minutes
Grades: 6-8
Women in the Military: Grades 3-5
Students get a basic overview of the U.S. military and the combat eras in which women have served…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
Student to Seaman
Through this lesson, students will follow the decision-making process of one young Milwaukee student…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 9-12, Community
Women in the military
I Am Not Invisible Exhibit Guide
Learn about the Milwaukee-area women veterans from every ​era from WWII through the present….
Duration: 2-3 Hours
Grades: 6-12, College, Community
The Medal of Honor – Synchronous
Students will learn about the Medal of Honor, the United States government’s highest award for valor…
Duration: 45 -60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
Medal of Honor – Asynchronous
Students will learn about the Medal of Honor, the U.S. government’s highest award for valor….
Duration: 45-60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
archival photos magazines and documents
History Detectives
Through this lesson, students will learn how to think like historians, curators and archivists….
Duration: 3-4 class periods
Grades: 6-8
WWII Pen Pals
Students will learn about the morale-building power of letters through the story of…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 6-8
The Art of War Lesson
This lesson explores the camouflage and deception tactics used in the military, including the WWII…
Duration: 1-2 hours
Grades: Community
What Wisconsin Wore to War
Students will take a closer look at uniforms and their purpose throughout United States history and…
Duration: 1 class period
Grades: 9-12
Three Stories from the Vietnam War
Learn about the Vietnam War through the stories of three Wisconsin service members…
Duration: 2-3 class periods
Grades: 6-8
Engineering Projects in the Vietnam War
Explore U.S. military engineering projects and infrastructure support in the Vietnam War…
Duration: 2-3 class periods 
Grades: 9-12
How to Talk to Veterans
Many veterans and military members like to share their service stories with others. Learn how to int…
Duration: 1 Class Period
Grades: 2-5, 6-8, 9-12, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts
Above and Beyond, Gary G. Wetzel, Medal of Honor Recipient
This lesson explores the six core values of the Medal of Honor (courage, commitment, citizenship, sa…
Duration: 2 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
“Getting Our Voices Heard,” Stories of Latino Vietnam Veterans
This lesson explores the experience of Latino servicemen in Vietnam, focusing on the question of ser…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Forging Your Own Path: One Woman’s Story of Lifelong Growth
Students will learn about the life choices that led Yolanda Medina to decline a full college scholar…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Profile of Conscience and Courage: Carl Zeidler
This lesson explores the notions of conscience and courage through the story of Carl Zeidler, who le…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Letters Home: Pfc. Wallock Writes his Mother (WWII)
This lesson explores the daily life of an ordinary serviceman during World War II. Learners will rea…
Duration: 30-45, 45-60, or 75-90 minutes
Grades: Community
“Don’t Spare the Ink” — A Life in Letters (WWII)
This lesson explores the daily experience of a World War II serviceman through the lens of letters w…
Duration: 1-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Missing in Action: The Story of Matthew Rosenblum
This lesson explores the concept of missing in action (MIA) – and the implications for family member…
Duration: 2 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12, college
Motherhood and War: A Story of Hope, Loss, and Mourning
This lesson explores war from a mother’s perspective. Anna Rosenblum’s son Captain Matthew Rosenblum…
Duration: 60-90 minutes
Grades: College and community
Profile of Conscience and Courage: George William “Bill” Fox
This lesson explores the notions of service and sacrifice through the story of George Fox, a World W…
Duration: 1-3 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8, 9-12, college, community
“We Got the Job Done:” The Quiet Warriors of the 6888th
This lesson explores the role of African American women in the armed forces during World War II. Mil…
Duration: 2 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8
SCRUB AND JOE: EYEWITNESSES TO HISTORY
This lesson explores the question of what it means to be an eyewitness to history. It centers on a l…
Duration: 1-2 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8, 9-12, College
War, Love & Loss: A Woman’s Perspective
This lesson explores how women coped with the uncertainty and pain endured while waiting for the ret…
Duration: 2-4 Class Periods
Grades: Grades 6-8
War and Loss: A Mother’s Mission of Hope
This lesson explores the experience of hope and loss of a WWII Gold Star Family – one that had lost…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: Grades 9-12
The Women they Left Behind
This lesson explores the fragmented stories of four women, whose lives were affected by one man’s se…
Grades: Community
Women-in-the-Military-K-2
Women in the Military
This lesson provides an overview of wars women have served in throughout United States history. It a…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-2
Women-in-the-Military-6-8
Women in the Military
This lesson takes a deeper look at the female service experience through writing prompts, reading ac…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 6-8
Women-in-the-Military-9-12
Women in the Military
This lesson takes a deeper look at the female service experience through writing prompts, reading ac…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 9-12
Mail-Call-6-8
Mail Call
This lesson will discuss the history and purposes of V-Mail through primary sources and videos. Stud…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 6-8
Mail-Call-Boy-Scouts
Mail Call Boy Scouts
This lesson will discuss the history and purposes of V-Mail during WWII. Scouts will then have the o…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: Boy Scouts
Mail-Call-Girl-Scouts
Mail Call Girl Scouts
This lesson will discuss the history and purposes of V-Mail during WWII. Scouts will then have the o…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: Girl Scouts
Mail-Call-K-5
Mail Call K-5
Students will learn about the importance of mail to those serving in the military and especially dur…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-5
Cause-and-Effect-9-12
Cause and Effect: Military Uniforms and Equipment
Students will learn how to utilize the concept of cause and effect to identify how and why military…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 9-12
Military-Mascot-K-2
Military Mascots
Students will learn to define a mascot and talk about why mascots are important and what purpose the…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-2
Military-Uniforms-6-8
Historical Military Uniforms
Students will learn the symbolism of uniforms in the military and discuss what purpose they serve….
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 6-8
Operation-Iraqi-Freedom-9-12
Operation Iraqi Freedom 9-12
This lesson explores the story of Operation Iraqi Freedom and those who lost their lives serving. Th…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 9-12
Symbolism-and-Unit-Patches-6-8
Symbolism and Unit Patches 6-8
Students will learn about symbols – how and why they are used, especially in the context of the U.S….
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 6-8
September-11-2001-6-12
The Day That Changed the World 6-12
Students will gain a basic understanding of the events of September 11, 2001, and discuss the impact…
Duration: 2-3 Class Periods
Grades: 6-12
September-11-2001-1-5
The Day That Changed the World 1-5
Students will gain a basic understanding of the events of September 11, 2001, and discuss the impact…
Duration: 1-2 Class Periods
Grades: 1-5
Roy-Little-9-12
Piggyback Planes: The Story of Roy Little (WWII)
Students will hear about two bombers that became attached to each other in mid-air and about the Mil…
Duration: 2 class periods
Grades: 9-12
War Posters: The Power of Persuasion
This lesson explores the imaging and messaging of war posters in WWI and WWII and then students will…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: K-2
warposter_3-5
War Posters: The Power of Persuasion
Students will learn how WWI and WWII war posters influenced political attitudes and public opinion….
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 3-5
warposter_9-12
War Posters: Weapons on the Wall
Students will analyze how war propaganda posters influenced people, politics, events and cultures du…
Duration: 60 Minutes
Grades: 9-12
Recorded QnA: Gary G. Wetzel Medal of Honor Recipient
Watch this QnA session with local high school students, recorded on National Medal of Honor Day (Mar…
Duration: 45 minutes + discussion
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Recorded QnA: Area Vietnam veterans answer questions from Milwaukee Public Schools students
This program aired live on National Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29, 2021….
Duration: 45 minutes + discussion
Grades: 9-12, college, community
Recorded Roundtable Discussion: The Latino Service Experience
This program was recorded on March 26, 2021, the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the American GI…
Duration: 45 minutes + discussion
Grades: 9-12, college, community

Take a Tour!

The War Memorial Center is the perfect destination for schools and organizations to learn about the sacrifices of Wisconsin’s Veterans. We offer self-guided tours, or, for groups of 10 or more, we provide a WMC guide to lead you through the facilities.

Plan a Program!

We offer standards-based educational opportunities for your students, planned with you around your unit of study and curriculum. We also invite school groups to utilize our venue as a site for appropriately themed programs and performances.

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Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

(414) 273-5533