Shhh! . . . Mum’s the Word: Secret Cities of the Manhattan Project

GeoHistory
GeoLiteracy
GeoSTEM
ELL
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
Students will analyze both primary and secondary sources as part of an in-depth investigation of the three “secret city” Manhattan Project sites of Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos. This will lead to a deeper understanding of the role geography plays in shaping historical events, as well as each site’s contributions to the overall mission of creating the world’s first atomic weapon.
Author: 
Jeannine Kuropatkin
Grade Range: 
High School
Duration: 
5 class periods
Lesson Materials
Materials to Assist Teachers and English Language Learners: 
Standards
Arizona Geography Concepts: 
1: The World in Spatial Terms
2: Places and Regions
6: Geographic Applications
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
4: The physical and human characteristics of places