Understanding Life During the Dust Bowl

Part of the "The Dust Bowl" Collection


Students will learn about society and farming in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl.

Estimated Time

45 Minutes

Setting Required



  • SS5H5. The student will explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
    • a. Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl and soup kitchens.
    • b. Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • S5E1. Students will identify surface features of the Earth caused by constructive and destructive processes.
    • b. Identify and find examples of surface features caused by destructive processes.
      • Erosion (water—rivers and oceans, wind)
      • Weathering
      • Impact of organisms



  1. Explore the Interactive Website – What if You had Lived in the Dust Bowl? http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/interactive/#homestead
  2. Listen to oral histories about farming in the 1930s http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_02.html