Dust Bowl Teacher Resources
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A timeline can provide learners with a better grasp on events that occurred prior to, and after a major time period. Take a look at a simple timeline used to describe the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl. The slide show contains images and historical facts.
It appears that this presentation may be one created by a learner. That's OK because it includes facts and photographs depicting the Dust Bowl. Causes and effects of the Dust Bowl, as well as Roosevelt's response are discussed. The final conclusion is undoubtedly written by a student and could be omitted if one were to use this resource.
Students examine the migration of refugees. In this California history lesson plan, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of how the Dust Bowl and Great Depression led to a California population explosion. Students respond to discussion questions and participate in an activity pertaining to the lecture.
Middle schoolers explore the Dust Bowl and how if affected American farmers.
Fifth graders explore the history of the Dust Bowl of the 1930's. In this Dust Bowl lesson, 5th graders use a map to identify the states that were hit the hardest by the dust bowl. Students discuss what caused the dust bowl and why it caused people to migrate to California.
Students explore the events and reactions surrounding the Dust Bowl crisis during the 1930's. They discuss how the events of the Great Depression affected America's democracy and how it transformed America.
Eleventh graders develop an understanding of the Dust Bowl. In this 1930's America lesson, 11th graders respond to questions regarding the songs and literature about the era. The primary sources should be gathered by the instructor.
Students examine Dust Bowl migration. In this Great Depression lesson, students research primary sources regarding migration issues in the United States during the Great Depression. Students discuss their research findings and impressions.
In this Dust Bowl reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 1 page selection regarding the Dust Bowl and respond to 4 short answer questions.
Seventh graders analyze primary sources of the Dust Bowl. For this research based lesson, 7th graders look at photographs of the Dust Bowl and fill out an analysis sheet. Students discuss their conclusions.
Young historians evaluate the impact that the dust-bowl-type storms had on a farming family in Colorado. They write a letter to a friend which describes the impacts of the storms. The letter must address what the storms were like, what kind of damage they did, what the Great Depression was, and what kind of decisions were facing farming families during this time.
Great information, images, and wonderful higher-order thinking questions await your class. They'll discuss, consider, and examine multiple factors related to the Dust Bowl. A cross-media comparison is made between the historical events of the Dust Bowl, primary source images, and the book Grapes of Wrath.
After listening to the book, Children of the Dust Bowl, learners discuss what similarities they can find between the Oklahoma and Colorado Dust Bowls. They fill out the "Solve A Problem" worksheet which is embedded in the plan.
Did you know the Dust Bowl caused the largest migration in American history? That 500,000 people were made homeless? That 200,000 of those people migrated to California where they faced "Anti-Okie" laws? Here's an image and information-rich, student-produced presentation that could be used to launch a study of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, as background for The Grapes of Wrath, or as a presentation model for class critique.
Is your class reading Out of the Dust? If they are, or if this is your first time teaching Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal winning novel, check out the ideas in a presentation that outlines what you and your class can do while reading about the Kelby family travails set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years. The activities encourage readers to connect to history as they analyze literature.
Students list problems ordinary Americans faced during the Great Depression. They cite examples of the attempts of the government and citizens to solve these problems.
Shanty towns made by Dust Bowl migrants were called Hoovervilles for a reason. Examine the policies Herbert Hoover put in place to help victims of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. You'll find he didn't do much and the result was devastating for American farmers.
Students develop their globe and map skills, In this geography lesson, students examine the Dust Bowl as they complete an activity that requires them to plot latitude and longitude.
Explore the Great Depression! Discover the challenges people experienced during the time period. Learners investigate photographs from the Dust Bowl and WWII era and create a story line about the photographs, writing a newspaper article based on their observations.
Tenth graders analyze the causes of the Great Depression. They analyze the causes and the consequences of the Dust Bowl. Pupils examine how the Great Depression helped change the role of the federal government in the American economy. Students examine the change approach to the Depression from the early years of the Hover Administration through the Second New Deal.