FREE! WWI: Inventions: How inventions during WW1 Changed America

by  Army Women's Museum

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Join the U.S. Army Women’s Museum for an exploration of six modern and everyday items that will unlock the history and legacies of the “Great War.” While seemingly unrelated at first, these familiar objects have a direct connection to events that took place over 100 years ago. A doughboy, a Salvation Army Doughnut Lassie, an Army Nurse, and Woodrow Wilson all come to life for students as they experience the sacrifices of men and women in World War I and the impact their service has on our lives today.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Army Women's Museum

Fort Gregg-Adams, VA
United States

The U.S. Army Women's Museum serves as an educational institution, providing military history training and instruction to soldiers, veterans and the civilian community. The museum is the custodian and repository of artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations of the U.S. Army from inception to the present day. The museum collects, preserves, manages, interprets and exhibits these unique artifacts as a means to provide training and educational outreach.

Tracy Bradford

Program Details


The program opens with an introduction to the U.S. Army Women’s Museum and a brief review of the role of museums, artifacts and archives.
Students then engage in an overview/review of WWI
Students are then introduced to the American “doughboy” through the use of artifacts and archives.
Students examine the trenchcoat and wristwatch.
The role of women at home and abroad is explored through archives.
Students examine prosthetics and donuts.
A study of the social impacts of The Great War and the service of American men and women, particularly the passage of the 19th Amendment, concludes the lesson.
Students examine the 19th amendment and the remembrance of WW1 via the poppy and poem, "Flanders Field.'


The purpose of this lesson is to have students understand fundamental concepts of history during WWI, as they are introduced to the changing role of the United States in World History in the early 1900s through the eyes of Americans who served during this time period. Artifacts and archives are the basis of this lesson.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RH.9 -- Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RL.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RH.1 -- Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.NSS-USH.5-12.7 ERA 7: THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA (1890-1930)

State Standards

Virginia Standards of Learning
USII.5.C The student will demonstrate knowledge of the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by explaining the reasons for the United States’ involvement in World War I and its international leadership role at the conclusion of the war.
VUS.9.b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the emerging role of the United States in world affairs by evaluating United States involvement in World War I, including Wilson’s Fourteen Points, the Treaty of Versailles, and the national debate over treaty ratification and the League of
WHII.10a, b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War I by
a) explaining economic causes, political causes, and major events and identifying major leaders of the war, with emphasis on Woodrow Wilson and Kaiser Wilhelm II;
b) explaining the outcomes and global effect of the war and the Treaty of Versailles.