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New Deal Activities & Games

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

The New Deal had a significant impact on the development of the United States. This lesson outlines New Deal-based games and activities teachers can use in class to reinforce information students have already learned.

FDR's Legacy

While it only spanned a few years in the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal had an immense influence on many aspects of the American people, infrastructure, and economy. The activities and games in this lesson can be used after your learners have already studied the facts of the New Deal and have an understanding of its historical importance.

A review of students' current knowledge of the New Deal can serve as a great introductory activity. This activity can help students consolidate their existing knowledge, help to focus their attention on the topic, and provide them with motivation and possible ideas for the other activities.

To begin, divide the blackboard into three sections and write the following at the top of each section:

  • Causes - what led to the New Deal?
  • Details - what was the New Deal?
  • Results - what were the outcomes of the New Deal?
  1. Set a timer for five minutes. Ask students to come up and write down what they know in the appropriate column on the board. Students can write words, phrases, or full sentences. For example, under the 'Causes' column a student could write, 'The Great Depression'.
  2. When time is up, review the information on the board as a class. During this discussion, encourages students to expand on the information by providing details and opinions.
  3. As the discussion comes to a close, tell students to copy down the information on the board to use as a resource for the other activities and games.

Program Designers

One of the major aspects of the New Deal was the creation of various social and economic programs. Some of these programs, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), still exist today. This activity will encourage students to use teamwork and creativity to create their own federal programs.

This activity requires poster board and art supplies.

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