Need a short clever tool for remembering facts about World War I? I’ve got one. I call it the “5-4-3-2-1 Countdown Approach to WWI.” Let me explain.

5-4-3-2-1 Countdown Approach to WWI

I was recently writing a lecture on World War for an educational convention when I stumbled across some interesting facts that happen to break down into the numerals 5,4,3,2, and 1. Immediately, I thought these numbers would help students of any age remember a few highlights about the Great War. (They help me!) While the following details are not yet in my series, The Mystery of History, (Volume IV) here’s how it will work when I revise. This will be an enrichment activity for All Students that will correlate with Lesson 48 – World War I (Part 2.) Try it with your students! And, if you’re interested, you can purchase the workshop, “What Tweens and Teens Should Know About WWI” on my website to hear the same information.  Simply click here for purchase.

World War I Teaching Tip

All Students

“5-4-3-2-1 Countdown Method.” You may or may not have noticed in your reading about World War I but there are a few facts about the Great War that would be easy to remember because they follow the numbers 5,4,3,2, and 1. They are as follows:

5 – World War I had five causes.

4 – It was fought over a four-year span.

3 – It spilled over three fighting fronts.

2 – It had two shifting sides.

1 – It ended with the signing of one harsh treaty.

Now, this is only half of the information needed for using the “5-4-3-2-1 Countdown Method” to help you recall a few facts about World War I. Can you finish the countdown by looking up and naming the five causes of WWI, the four-year span, the three fighting fronts, the two shifting sides, and the one harsh treaty signed at the end? You may refer to your lesson for these answers (which are also posted below.) Choose an age appropriate method to share and store this information. For example, you may create flashcards, make a table for your Student Notebook, give an illustrated poster board presentation to your class, or simply recite the information out loud in a question/answer format. (If making a table for your Student Notebook, file it under “Europe: Germany.”)

Answers: Five causes (Nationalism, Economic Competition, the formation of Alliances, Secret Diplomacy, Militarism); Four-year span (1914-1918); Three fighting fronts (Western, Eastern, Mediterranean); Two shifting sides (Triple Alliance [Central Powers] and Triple Entente [Allied Powers or Allies]); One harsh treaty (The Treaty of Versailles)

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