Tuesday, June 18

We Were There at Pearl Harbor

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Those are the words that were hurriedly sent from a Navy officer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to all major Navy commands on the morning of December 7th, 1941.

A fleet of Japanese planes attacked the US Naval Base early that morning, killing more than 2,300 Americans and destroying the fleet of ships and aircrafts housed there.  Both the USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma quickly became death traps for men left alive onboard.

The following day, President Roosevelt gave a speech declaring war on Japan and bringing the US into World War 2.  Due to alliances with Japan, Germany and Italy declared war on the US shortly thereafter.  The bombing of Pearl Harbor set into motion US involvement in World War 2.

See other major events from World War 2 in the We Were There series, including the Battle of Britain, Battle for Bataan, Battle of the Bulge, and Opening of the Atomic Era.

Looking for an online unit study?  Check out Techie Homeschool Mom's Pearl Harbor unit!!

Our spine read for this unit is We Were There at Pearl Harbor

Access the complete unit in the 'We Were There' Novel Studies Bundle!

Includes THIRTY-SIX unit studies covering World & American History. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning the the ancient world through post-WW2.  Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.

  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.

These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

Product Samples:

A Study of Japan:
  • Covers the history of Japan from ancient times to present day
  • Examines the Japanese culture and its influences
  • Explores the geography of this small, but strong island
  • Delves into the technology and pop-culture of the people
  • Goes on rabbit trails about art, history, and modern economics of Japan and its fellow nations
  • Is the equivalent of one year of high school history

Get the entire World War 2 Bundle!


  • The Book Thief
  • We Were There at the Battle of Britain
  • Number the Stars
  • The Winged Watchmen
  • We Were There at Pearl Harbor
  • We Were There at the Battle of Bataan
  • Island War
  • Red Stars
  • The Night Witches
  • Mare’s War
  • We Were There at the Normandy Invasion
  • Code Talkers
  • We Were There at the Battle of the Bulge
  • The Light Between Us
  • We Were There at the Open of the Atomic Era
  • A Merry 1940s Christmas

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