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World War II Rationing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is rationing and why was it necessary during WWII? This lesson plan relies on a text lesson and will take your instruction on rationing to a new level. An activity gives students a taste of life during periods of rationing.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'rationing'
  • summarize the practice of rationing during WWII
  • list the goods that were commonly rationed during WWII

Length

30 to 45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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