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

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.

Learning Resource Details

Resource Type: 
Lesson Plan
P-12 Grade Levels: 
9th-12th Grades
P-12 Topic Areas: 
English Language Learners (ELL)
Social Studies


AZ Academic9th GradeEducational TechnologyS1C4PO 1
AZ Academic9th GradeSocial StudiesS2C8PO5
AZ Academic9th GradeSocial StudiesS4C1PO2
AZ Academic9th GradeSocial StudiesS4C2PO4
AZ Academic9th GradeSocial StudiesS4C6PO3
Common Core: StateLit/Hist/SS/Sc/Tech9-10RH4
Common Core: StateLit/Hist/SS/Sc/Tech9-10WHST4
Common Core: StateLit/Hist/SS/Sc/Tech9-10WHST6
National GeographyPlaces and Regions4
National GeographyThe World in Spatial Terms1
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