How Kids Helped Win WWII

Kids on the Home Front

During World War II, students planted and took care of Victory Gardens and saved money to purchase War Bonds. They also helped their families save ration stamps by not wasting food and collected materials used for production in defense plants.

Back then, they called collecting and reusing those needed materials scrapping; today we call it recycling. During World War II, it was done to help win the war. Today we do it to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. No matter the name, students today can use the example of World War II kids for inspiration to have a positive effect on their world today.

Electronic Field Trip

We’re All in this Together! How Students Like YOU Helped Win WWII. Original broadcast November 4, 2015.

Check out the recording of the Electronic Field Trip: We're All in this Together! How Students like YOU Helped Win WWII, made by WYES-TV and The National WWII Museum, with your class. Watch as four young students embark on a mission with National WWII Museum volunteers who were students during the war years. Together, they explore the Museum and examine how even the youngest Americans supported the war effort and made a lasting impact on their country.

Primary Sources

History in Action

Explore some of the Museum’s primary sources related to children and teens during WWII. Use these materials as inspiration for your class throughout your Get in the Scrap! campaign.

  • Let's Go Scrapping!

    Check out photographs of kids across the country “Getting in the Scrap!”

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  • Schools Get On Board

    A plan from the government to organize school scrap drives nationwide.

    Read Pamphlet
  • One Boy's Memories

    A scrapbook of Billy Michal’s experiences “Scrapping for Victory” in Zimmerman, LA.

    View Scrapbook
  • The National Effort

    Take a look at selected Propaganda Posters related to scrapping efforts.

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Learn More

  • Victory Garden

    A cross-curricular project exploring gardening, nutrition, botany, civics, history, math and science. For grades 3-5.

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  • WWII Yearbooks

    An exploration of what it was like to be a high school student in America during WWII, using yearbooks as the primary documents.

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  • Classroom Resources

    Quick informational guides and visual aids to illuminate history and spark curiosity.

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