Understanding Life During the Dust Bowl

EXPLORATION

UPPER ELEMENTARY |  SOCIAL STUDIES
Life during the dust bowl

Understanding Life During the Dust Bowl

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

Time

45 Minutes

Setting

Inside

Collection Group

THE DUST BOWL

 

Standards

  • 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

Materials

Procedures

  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

Explorations in this Collection

Exploring Solutions for Soil Conservation

Exploring Solutions for Soil Conservation

Modeling How Dust Moves

Modeling How Dust Moves

Searching for the Cause and Effects of the Dust Bowl

Searching for the Cause and Effects of the Dust Bowl