World War 2 Homework Packet

What was it like to be an evacuee?

Why was evacuation introduced by the Government?

Why was it important for people to be evacuated?

Who was evacuated?

What did they pack in their suitcases?

How were they evacuated?

Where were they evacuated to?

When were they first evacuated?

When were they evacuated again?

How many people were evacuated during the war?

Letters sent by an evacuee

Glossary of useful words

The British government was worried that a new war might begin when Hitler came to power in 1933. They were afraid that British cities and towns would be targets for bombing raids by aircraft.

Evacuation tried to ensure the safety of young children from the cities that were considered to be in danger of German bombing - London, Coventry, Birmingham, Portsmouth etc.

  • Schoolchildren (827,000) and their teachers
  • Mothers with children under five (524,000)
  • Pregnant women (12,000)
  • Some disabled people

A further two million or so more wealthy individuals evacuated 'privately', some settling in hotels for the duration and several thousands travelling to Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and the Caribbean.

The government recommended that in addition to their gas mask and identity card the evacuees had the following items:

Boys:

2 vests
2 pairs of pants
Pair of trousers
2 pairs of socks
6 handkerchiefs
Pullover or jersey

Girls:

Vest
Pair of knickers
Petticoat
2 pairs of stockings
6 handkerchiefs
Slip (like a very long vest with shoulder straps)
Blouse
Cardigan

  • Overcoat or mackintosh
  • Comb
  • 1 pair of Wellington boots
  • Towel
  • Soap
  • Facecloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Boots or shoes
  • Plimsolls
  • Sandwiches
  • Packet of nuts and raisins
  • Dry biscuits
  • Barley sugar (rather than sugar)
  • Apple

By train and road

To smaller towns and villages in the countryside. Some children were sent to stay with relatives outside in the countryside, but others were sent to live with complete strangers.

Billeting officers were responsible for helping to find homes for the evacuees. Householders in the country who billeted (housed) city children were given money by the government.



At 11.07am on Thursday 31st August 1939 the order was given to evacuate forthwith.

1.5 Million children, pregnant women and other vulnerable people such as the disabled, evacuated to safer countryside locations in just two days.

There were no big bombing raids on Britain in the first months of the war (know as The Phoney War) as a result by early 1940 many children had returned home.

They were evacuated again when heavy bombing raids started in the autumn of 1940 - The Blitz - and then again later, in 1944, when Germany attacked Britain with V1 Flying Bombs and V2 rockets.

By the end of the Second World War around 3.5 million people, mainly children had experienced evacuation. No one was forced to go but parents were encouraged by posters and told that their children would be safer from German bombs if they moved to the country.

Being an evacuee must have been scary and exciting at the same time. The children had to leave their families and homes behind and try to fit in with host families in the country.

At the station

Children had labels attached to them, as though they were parcels. They stood at railway stations not knowing where they were going nor if they would be split from brothers and sisters who had gathered with them. They felt scared about being away from their families but also excited about going to a place they had never seen before and only read about in books.

On arrival

The children arrived in the countryside, tired, hungry and uncertain whether they would ever see their families again.

They were taken to the village hall, where they would be met by the billeting officer (the person in charge of finding them homes). A 'pick-you-own evacuee' sessions would then take place, where host families (the people they were going to live with) haggled over the most presentable children while the sicklier and grubbier children were left until last.

What do you think were the advantages and disadvantages of being evacuated?
What it was like for evacuees' to be without their family? e.g. scary, homesick
How was life in the country different to life in the city? e.g. fresh air, animals, peaceful, less traffic

The children who were evacuated to the country were evacuees. Their letters tell us a lot about what life was like for them.

Examples of Evacuees' letters
The children at Compton Primary School in Plymouth have written letters summing up perfectly how evacuees must have felt.

BBC Evacuees' Letters
These extracts from letters sent by a mum to a girl called Delia, who was evacuated from London to the country.

George - An Evacuee's Letters
George was evacuated early September 1939

My Evacuation Story by Ruth Marsden (student)
Ruth writes about how she imagines it was like to be evacuated.

More evacuation information

Photos of Evacuees

Billeting officerA person whose job was to find suitable houses in all areas that were receiving evacuees.
evacuation leaving a place
evacuee person who leaves a place
host family family who looked after an evacuee
  

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10/18-READ CH 14, DO P. 364, 1-4 AND P. 369, 2,3,4

10/20-CH 14 READING ACT AND DO THE RECONSTRUCTION PACKET

10/24-RECONSTRUCTION INTERNET WORKSHEET

10/26-STUDY RECONSTRUCTION AND DO BLACK CODES PACKET

11/1-STUDY RECONSTRUCTION AND READ RECONSTRUCTION SUMMARY PACKET

11/3-STUDY THE RECONSTRUCTION INFORMATION

11/7-MAKE UP A X WORD PUZZLE FOR REVIEW, 16 CLUES AND ANSWERS FOR CH 14 ON RECONSTRUCTION

11/9-STUDY FOR RECONSTRUCTION TEST CH 14 NOTES/HANDOUTS!

11/14-READ CH 15 AND DO P. 391, 1-6 IN COMPLETE SENTENCES

11/16-cattle ranching packet

11/20-P. 406, 1-2, P. 407,1-4 FOCUSING ON IDEAS

11/22-NO HW! HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING
11/30-"I" PAPER OUTLINE TYPED
12/4-STUDY FOR CH 15 TEST ON THE GREAT PLAINS AND MAKE UP AN x WORD FOR REVIEW (16 CLUES AND ANSWER KEY)
12/6-"I" PAPERS DUE ON FRIDAY!
12/8-READ CH 16 AND DO P. 419, 1-4
12/15-DO BILL GATES CHART!
12/19-P. 422, 1 AND 2, P. 425, 1 AND 2
1/3-COMPLETE TIMELINE AND DO P. 434, 1-4
1/8-READ CH 17, DO STRIKE CHART AND CH 17 PACKET
1/10-DO ELLIS ISLAND PACKET SHEET AND DO P. 444, #1
1/12-READ GILDED AGE PACKET AND DO GILDED AGE PRESIDENTS PACKET
9/5-COVER BOOK, READ CH 1, DO P. 10, 2-6 AND P. 17 #2 (IN COMPLETE SENTENCES).
9/11-STUDY CH 1 VOCAB, AND DO CH 1 X WORD PUZZLE
9/15-READ CH 2 SEC I, SEC 2 AND DO WORKSHEET 2-1 AND 2-2
9/21-STUDY STOCK TERMS, DO P. 54, ID KEY TERMS 1-10, DO P. 51 #2 AND SIGN PERMISSION SLIP
9/25-CH 2 X WORD AND P. 54, RECALLING FACTS, 4-8
9/27-DO CH 2 STUDY GUIDE AND STUDY THE ECON SYSTEMS
9/29-STUDY ECONOMIC GOALS AND DO CH 2 RE-TEACHING WORKSHEET
10/3-STUDY FOR CH 2 QUEST AND MAKE UP AN X WORD FOR REVIEW (AND ANSWER KEY) 16 CLUES
10/5-READ CH 3 AND DO P. 66, 1-5
10/10-DO P. 73, 2-5 AND COMPLETE BUSINESS PLANS
10/12-CURRENT EVENT ON CORPORATIONS AND STUDY CH 3 SEC 1 AND 2
10/16-DO CH 3 RE-TEACHING AND MAKE A CONGLOMERATE DIAGRAM
10/18-STUDY FOR CH 3 TEST 
10/20-READ CH 11 SEC 1 AND 2 AND ANSWER SHARK TANK QUESTIONS 1-10 (TYPED)
10/24-COMPLETE STUDENT SHARK TANK QUESTIONS (TYPED) AND DO P. 305, 2,3,4
10/26-DO 1-11 IN MONEY PACKET
11/1 -COMPLETE MONEY PACKET AND STUDY MONEY CH 11 SEC 1
11/3-CURRENT EVENT ON BANKING
11/7-THE FED PACKET, 19-22 AND DO P. 308, 1-16 ID KEY TERMS
11/9-READ PACKET ON CREDIT AND STUDY BANKING
11/28-STUDY CH 15 SEC 1 ON THE FED, CREDIT AND DO THE FED  SCAVENGER HUNT
12/4-READ CH 4 AND DO CH 4 PACKET
12/8-CURRENT EVENT ON DEMAND
12/13-COMPLETE DREAM CAR SHEET AND STUDY CH 4 SEC 1 AND 2
11/22-NO HW! HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING
12/6-DO CH 4 STUDY GUIDE PACKET
12/15-DO WORKSHEET ON DEMAND, STUDY FOR CH 4 TEST ON DEMAND AND LOOK UP THE EDUCATION FOR YOUR JOB...IF ANY!
12/19-READ CH 5, DO P. 120, #2, P. 125, 2,3 AND BEGIN RESEARCH ON HOUSING FOR PROJECT
1/3-PROJECT-FOOD/TOILETRIES AND CAR SHOPPING
1/8-WORK ON PROJECT AND DO CH 5 WORD SEARCH
1/10-STOCK REPORTS DUE ON FRIDAY, READ "THE FINAL STRAW" PACKET AND WORK ON REAL LIFE PROJECT
1/12-WORK ON PROJECTS AND DO X WORD REVIEW PACKET FOR CHAPTERS 7,8,9! PROJECTS DUE ON DAY OF EXAM!
2/21-HOUSING IS DUE FOR PROJECT AND FOOD MENU FOR DECEMBER
1/26-COVER BOOK, GET A 3 RING BINDER, SIGN INFORMATION SHEETS, READ CH 1 AND DO VOCAB ACT SHEET
2/1-RE-READ CH 1 IF NEEDED AND DO CH 1 RETEACHING WORKSHEET
2/5-READ CH 2, DO P. 40, 2,3,4, P. 47, #1, LIST AND EXPLAIN 3 CAUSES OF THE REV WAR AND STUDY! 
2/8-READING ON THE MAGNA CARTA, DO P. 47, 4+5, DO GUIDED READING WORKSHEET     2-1 AND STUDY CH 1/NOTES
2/12-DO THE COLONIAL INFLUENCES PACKET
2/14-STUDY THE FEUDAL SYSTEM AND DO THE REVOLUTIONARY PACKET
2/20-DO ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION WORKSHEET PACKET AND STUDY DEC OF IND
2/22-P. 58, 1-6 AND P. 60, 1-8 RECALLING FACTS
3/6-DO PHILLY CONVENTION PACKET AND STUDY ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND PHILLY CONVENTION (CH 2 SEC 3 AND 4)
3/9-COMPLETE WORKSHEET 11-1 AND DO A CURRENT EVENT ON THE CONSTS.
CIVICS/NH HONORS PER 1 WHITE
1/29- COVER BOOK, 3 RING BINDER, SIGN INTRO SHEETS, DO VOCAB SHEET, READ CH 1 AND READ TYPES OF GOVT. PACKET  (STUDY MAPS)
2/2-READ CH 2, DO P. 40, 2,3,4, P. 47, #1, LIST AND EXPLAIN 5 CAUSES OF THE REV WAR, STUDY CH 1 AND ALL NOTES/HANDOUTS
2/6-DO  WORKSHEET 2-1 AND THE COLONIAL INFLUENCE PACKET
2/9-STUDY CH 2 SEC 1 AND 2 AND BEGIN PROJECT
2/13-STUDY CH 2 SEC1/SEC2 AND NOTES AND "MY COLONIAL GOVERNMENTS ARE DUE ON THURSDAY!
2/15-READ THE PACKET ON THE OVERVIEW OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND DO THE STUDENT WORKSHEET PACKET ON THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION (INTERNET)
2/19-DO STORY OF CONSTS PACKET AND THE PHILLY CONVENTION PACKET
2/21-WORK ON PROJECTS, RE-READ CH 2 AND DO A CURRENT EVENT ON THE CONSTS.
3/5-WORK ON PROJECTS, SIGN THE FIELD TRIP CONSENT FORM (DUE WED) AND DO THE FEDERALISTS PACKET (DUE ON FRIDAY)
3/7-DO ALL OF THE FEDERALISTS PACKET AND ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION PROMPTS IN THE GEORGE MASON PACKET EXCEPT FOR P. 11 AND 12.
3/12-WORK ON PROJECTS AND STUDY FOR CH 2 TEST (CH 2/ NOTES/HANDOUTS)
US HISTORY III PER 2 WHITE
1/29-READ "UNBROKEN" P. 1-37 AND DO P. 508, 1,3,4,5
1/31-READ "UNBROKEN" P. 38-65, DO P. 510, 1,2,4 AND P. 518, 2,4,6
2/2-STUDY IMPERIALISM, DO CH 19 READING ACT AND DO THE READING ON THE "MAINE"
2/6-READ "UNBROKEN" P. 66-104 AND STUDY IMPERIALISM
2/9-READ CH 20 IN TEXT BOOK AND READ P. 105-140 IN "UNBROKEN"
2/13-DO CH 20 READING ACT AND READ P. 141-P. 175 IN "UNBROKEN"
2/15-READ "UNBROKEN" P. 176-211 AND COMPLETE THE INTERNET SURVEY
2/19-DO TAFT BIO SHEET AND READ P. 212-247 IN UNBROKEN
2/21-READ P. 248-286 IN "UNBROKEN" AND DO THE FOREIGN POLICY WORKSHEET
3/5-READ "UNBROKEN" P. 287-329, STUDY CH 20/NOTES AND COMPLETE THE BIO ON WILSON
3/7- READ SECTION 10 IN "UNBROKEN"
3/12-READ SECTION 11 IN "UNBROKEN" AND DO CH 21 READING ACT PACKET
CIVICS/NH HISTORY HONORS PER 4 WHITE
1/29- COVER BOOK, 3 RING BINDER, SIGN INTRO SHEETS, DO VOCAB SHEET, READ CH 1 AND READ TYPES OF GOVT. PACKET   (STUDY MAPS)
1/31-DO P. 11, 1-4, P. 17, 1-3, P. 24, 1-4 ANT RE-TEACHING WORKSHEET CH 1
2/2-READ CH 2, DO P. 40, 2,3,4, P. 47, #1, LIST AND EXPLAIN 5 CAUSES OF THE REV WAR, STUDY CH 1 AND ALL NOTES/HANDOUTS
2/6-DO  WORKSHEET 2-1 AND THE COLONIAL INFLUENCE PACKET
2/9-STUDY CH 2 SEC 1 AND 2 AND BEGIN PROJECT
2/13-STUDY CH 2 SEC1/SEC2 AND NOTES AND "MY COLONIAL GOVERNMENTS ARE DUE ON THURSDAY!
2/19-DO STORY OF CONSTS PACKET AND THE PHILLY CONVENTION PACKET
3/5-WORK ON PROJECTS, SIGN THE FIELD TRIP CONSENT FORM (DUE WED) AND DO THE FEDERALISTS PACKET (DUE ON FRIDAY)
3/7-DO ALL OF THE FEDERALISTS PACKET AND ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION PROMPTS IN THE GEORGE MASON PACKET EXCEPT FOR P. 11 AND 12.
3/12-WORK ON PROJECTS AND STUDY FOR CH 2 TEST (CH 2/ NOTES/HANDOUTS)
2/15-READ THE PACKET ON THE OVERVIEW OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND DO THE STUDENT WORKSHEET PACKET ON THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION (INTERNET)
2/21-WORK ON PROJECTS, RE-READ CH 2 AND DO A CURRENT EVENT ON THE CONSTS
8/29-SIGN SYLLABUS, SIGN HW POLICY AND GET A 3 RING BINDER
9/7-STUDY U.S MAP, REVIEW VOCAB, DO CH 1 PACKET COMPLETE WANTS/NEEDS SHEET
9/13-STUDY FOR CH 1 QUEST AND MAKE UP A X WORD PUZZLE USING CH 1 AND NOTES( 16 CLUES AND ANSWER KEY).
9/19-READ CH2 AND COMPLETE STOCK MARKET PACKET!
1/26-COVER BOOK, GET A 3 RING BINDER, SIGN INFORMATION SHEETS, READ CH 1 AND DO VOCAB ACT SHEET
1/30-DO P. 11, 1-4, P. 17, 1-3, P. 24, 1-4 AND STUDY MAPS
2/1-RE-READ CH 1 IF NEEDED AND DO CH 1 RETEACHING WORKSHEET
2/5-READ CH 2, DO P. 40, 2,3,4, P. 47, #1, LIST AND EXPLAIN 3 CAUSES OF THE REV WAR AND STUDY! 
2/8-READING ON THE MAGNA CARTA, DO P. 47, 4+5, DO GUIDED READING WORKSHEET     2-1 AND STUDY CH 1/NOTES
2/12-DO THE COLONIAL INFLUENCES PACKET
2/14-STUDY THE FEUDAL SYSTEM AND DO THE REVOLUTIONARY PACKET
2/20-DO ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION WORKSHEET PACKET AND STUDY DEC OF IND
2/22-P. 58, 1-6 AND P. 60, 1-8 RECALLING FACTS
3/6-DO PHILLY CONVENTION PACKET AND STUDY ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND PHILLY CONVENTION (CH 2 SEC 3 AND 4)
3/9-COMPLETE WORKSHEET 11-1 AND DO A CURRENT EVENT ON THE CONSTS.
CIVICS/NH HIST III PER 1 BLUE
CIVICS/NH III HIST PER 2 BLUE
1/30-DO P. 11, 1-4, P. 17, 1-3, P. 24, 1-4 AND STUDY MAPS
1/31-DO P. 11, 1-4, P. 17, 1-3, P. 24, 1-4 ANT RE-TEACHING WORKSHEET CH 1

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