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The Great Depression is one of the landmark time periods in American History. Use these lessons to lead your seventh graders into a thorough study of how the Great Depression came about, how long it lasted, and how people got through this difficult time. The 12-page packet has many terrific activities designed to help learners gain a deep understanding of the economics of the times and how President Roosevelt's New Deal helped bring the country back on its feet.
From the stock market crash of 1929 to the New Deal and FDR, this presentation covers it all. Examine the causes, effects, politics, and culture of the Great Depression. Images, block text, and embedded hyperlinks make this a great teaching tool for independent study or for lecture.
Learners compare and contrast two photographs from the Great Depression, and identify the ways in which the photographers depicted the hardships of everyday life during this period. They hypothesize about the story behind each photograph and consider the effectiveness of each photo.
Fifth through eighth graders engage in a lesson in which they study working class people during the Great Depression. They work to develop an understanding of the economic developments in Arkansas during the 1930's. Learners access websites embedded in the lesson which allow them to read first-hand accounts of people from that time, and look at photographs.
Students barter for goods within the class. In this economics instructional activity based on the Great Depression, the teacher introduces the instructional activity with a picture book, then students are allowed to barter with teacher supplied goods as they examine how bartering works within small groups, then within larger groups.
Students recognize how the causes of the Great Depression affected people and their jobs. In this Great Depression lesson, students understand that most of the time news only came from newspapers. Students write a letter as though they were in the Great Depression using correct form.
Through this series of terrific lesson plans, pupils learn about the extent of poverty in the state of Arkansas during the Great Depression. They read documents from the period which describe how hard times were, view an online photo exhibit, and examine copies of letters written by the Governor of Arkansas appealing for basics like food and clothing from organizations across America. Groups of learners transcribe one of the letters and present it to the class.
High schoolers examine the economic impact of the Great Depression. In this modern history lesson, students use various primary sources including speeches to determine what some of the economic options that were available to the US during the Great Depression. They then decide what might have worked best and explain their thinking.
Students explore The Great Depression. In this Great Depression instructional activity, students discover the reasons for the Great Depression. Students determine cause and effect and the many problems people faced during this time. Students write as if they are a child living during the Great Depression and describe the changes in their lives.
Students explore the causes and effects of the Great Depression. For this Great Depression lesson, students analyze the economic and political causes as well as the economic, foreign affairs and political effects of the depression. Students collaborate in small groups to read about the depression and discuss jigsaw questions.
Analyze the many causes of major political, economic, and social developments during the 1920s and 1930s, with emphasis on the Great Depression. Read photographs from the 1920's and the 1930's, then write a brief explanation of what you believe are the two most important reasons behind the changed conditions shown in the photographs.
Seventh graders investigate the implications of economic fallout. In this Great Depression lesson, 7th graders analyze political cartoons and documents about the era. Students then conduct further primary source research about the toll the era took on various social groups.
Seventh graders explore the impact of the Great Depression. In this United States history instructional activity, 7th graders create an outline of the major topics of the Great Depression. Students are responsible to research the Great Depression by using the various included documents and websites. Students complete self-evaluations. This instructional activity is geared towards gifted students.