Ch 8: Great Depression Lesson Plans & Resources

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Let these easy and convenient lesson plan outlines help you design interesting and informative lessons on the Great Depression and the New Deal for your history classes. Use these materials to make these events come alive for your students.

Great Depression & New Deal Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The lesson plan outlines and other resources in this chapter are designed to assist you in developing lessons that will help your students grasp the events surrounding the stock market crash of 1929, the causes and impact of the Dust Bowl, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal policies, and more. You will find information that will help you develop your syllabus, and some accompanying lessons that you can incorporate into your regular classroom instruction. This chapter contains material to help you design lesson plans on the following topics:

  • Great Depression causes, timeline, impact and the 1929 Wall Street Crash
  • FDR's New Deal
  • Definition and causes of the Dust Bowl
  • Biography, facts and disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and much more!

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  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to the Great Depression and the New Deal that you want to cover in class.
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  • Share the related Great Depression and New Deal lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
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  • Engage your students with relevant activities related to this period of American history, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

42 Lessons in Chapter 8: Great Depression Lesson Plans & Resources
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Stock Market Crash Lesson Plan

1. Stock Market Crash Lesson Plan

Help your students better understand the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and events leading to the Great Depression with this lesson plan and video lesson from Study.com. The related activity will help students to further their knowledge.

The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

2. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.

The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

3. The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

In this lesson, we explore the Great Depression and the economic trends and practices that caused the greatest economic meltdown in the history of the world.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

4. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

President Franklin Roosevelt's first New Deal program represented an aggressive legislative campaign to relieve American suffering and end the Great Depression. Learn more about the first 100 days of the New Deal.

Dust Bowl Lesson Plan

5. Dust Bowl Lesson Plan

The Dust Bowl shifted far more than just top soil--it also affected American culture. In this lesson plan, you'll have the resources you need to help students make those connections.

What Was the Dust Bowl? - Definition, Facts & Causes

6. What Was the Dust Bowl? - Definition, Facts & Causes

The Dust Bowl was a catastrophic event that directly affected the American Midwest. It resulted in a massive outmigration of Midwesterners, mostly to California. In this lesson, we'll consider some facts about the Dust Bowl and some possible causes.

Amelia Earhart Lesson Plan

7. Amelia Earhart Lesson Plan

Amelia Earhart was a trailblazer who is still shrouded in mystery. Teach students about her life and accomplishments with this Study.com lesson plan. Students read and distinguish key facts from details, then create an Amelia Earhart walking museum.

Amelia Earhart: Quotes, Facts & Biography

8. Amelia Earhart: Quotes, Facts & Biography

Amelia Earhart was a famed aviator and advocate for female pilots. She was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic and she mysteriously died in a plane crash while trying to fly around the world.

Amelia Earhart: Disappearance & Investigation

9. Amelia Earhart: Disappearance & Investigation

Few individuals have inspired such interest and adoration as Amelia Earhart. After her disappearance in 1937, people across the world have wondered, 'What happened?' This lesson explores Earhart's disappearance and subsequent investigations.

Child Labor Lesson Plan

10. Child Labor Lesson Plan

In many countries, children are forced to work in harsh working conditions. A video lesson explains America's standards for child labor and an activity brings light to the realities of child labor throughout the world. Extensions and related lessons are provided to take instruction even further.

Minimum Wage & Child Labor: Purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act

11. Minimum Wage & Child Labor: Purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed during the Industrial Revolution and Great Depression eras of the United States. It was common for workers to experience cruel work environments during this time. This lesson explains the purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including the provisions on minimum wages and child labor.

Great Depression Essential Questions

12. Great Depression Essential Questions

Essential questions are a great way of maintaining focus as you plan and teach a topic. Pick your essential questions for teaching about the Great Depression from this list of options, separated by category.

Surviving the Dust Bowl Questions

13. Surviving the Dust Bowl Questions

Teachers, Surviving the Dust Bowl is a documentary about a dark time in our history that caused death and destruction for almost 10 years. The following questions will ensure students were attentively listening and allow them to formulate opinions on how the situation was handled.

Dust Bowl Essay Topics

14. Dust Bowl Essay Topics

Are you teaching your class about the Dust Bowl? Essays will help them connect with the topic. This lesson offers Dust Bowl topic suggestions for different types of essays.

Herbert Hoover Lesson Plan

15. Herbert Hoover Lesson Plan

What was Herbert Hoover's role in the Great Depression? This lesson plan explains this question with the help of an informative video lesson and activity.

President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

16. President Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression

During his tenure, President Herbert Hoover attempted to end the Great Depression. Learn about his various policies in dealing with the economic collapse and their overall impact on the Depression in this video lesson.

1930s Pop Culture Lesson Plan

17. 1930s Pop Culture Lesson Plan

What did people do for fun in the 1930s? This lesson plan outlines key features of 1930s pop culture with the help of a video lesson, hands-on engagement with pop culture, and an activity.

Popular Entertainment in 1930s America

18. Popular Entertainment in 1930s America

In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the ways in which Americans entertained themselves during the Great Depression, including some of the music, movies, and radio programs that provided a temporary escape from reality.

Great Depression Teaching Activities

19. Great Depression Teaching Activities

The Great Depression is still studied today to help explain economies and their weaknesses. This lesson provides activities for students of varying ages to help them understand this era and its effects.

Dust Bowl Project Ideas

20. Dust Bowl Project Ideas

The Dust Bowl was a critical time and place in American history that is often overshadowed by the corresponding events of the Great Depression. This lesson provides some ideas for student projects to get them engaged in this subject.

Dust Bowl Group Discussion Topics

21. Dust Bowl Group Discussion Topics

The Dust Bowl was an area in the middle of the U.S. that was experiencing immense dust storms during the Great Depression. This lesson provides a variety of discussion topics for students to become engaged in this historical topic.

Herbert Hoover & The Dust Bowl

22. Herbert Hoover & The Dust Bowl

In this lesson we will learn about President Herbert Hoover and the Dust Bowl. We will highlight the central themes and developments surrounding President Hoover, as well as the Dust Bowl, and we will learn about the connection between the two.

The New Deal & Huey Long

23. The New Deal & Huey Long

The New Deal is remembered as a very successful program, but not everyone supported it back in the 1930s. In this lesson, we'll check out one of the most outspoken opponents of the New Deal, and explore his unique reasons for disliking it.

Soup Kitchens During the Great Depression

24. Soup Kitchens During the Great Depression

Few institutions define the Great Depression as much as the soup kitchen. In this lesson, we're going to explore the history and function of soup kitchens, and see what they represented to people of the 1930s.

Jesse Owens Lesson Plan

25. Jesse Owens Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to assist you in teaching your students about athlete Jesse Owens. Students will read a text lesson that includes a biography, quotes, and facts about Owens, before engaging in a discussion to increase understanding. Finish with an activity and quiz to make learning stick.

Jesse Owens: Facts, Biography & Quotes

26. Jesse Owens: Facts, Biography & Quotes

In this lesson, we'll learn about American athlete Jesse Owens. We'll explore his life and see why he's an important figure in history. We'll place emphasis on his role in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which is what he's best known for.

Black Tuesday Lesson Plan

27. Black Tuesday Lesson Plan

If you're discussing the Great Depression, this lesson plan explores a catalyst, Black Tuesday. Students will read an informative text lesson and participate in discussion questions. They will then engage in a hands-on cause and effect activity to further cement their understanding of Black Tuesday.

Black Tuesday: Definition, Facts & the Great Depression

28. Black Tuesday: Definition, Facts & the Great Depression

On October 29, 1929, the stock market collapsed, leading to a banking crisis and ultimately to the Great Depression. Learn how Black Tuesday precipitated and contributed to the greatest economic disaster of the twentieth century.

Migrant Mother Lesson Plan

29. Migrant Mother Lesson Plan

This lesson plan analyzes the Great Depression-era photograph 'Migrant Mother', and its historical context. Students learn to analyze visual documents like photographs in terms of social relevance and use, and connect that to political programs of the Depression.

Migrant Mother: Photograph Analysis & Facts

30. Migrant Mother: Photograph Analysis & Facts

There are a few photographs that nearly every American will have at least seen by the time they reach adulthood. In this lesson, we'll look at the history of one such image and see what made it so powerful and so successful.

Great Depression Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. Great Depression Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the Great Depression. Students will read an informational text lesson that describes the causes and effects of the Great Depression, discuss and analyze content, and apply in active constructs.

The Great Depression Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

32. The Great Depression Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

The Great Depression of the 1930s was not a good time in America's history. In this lesson, you'll learn about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. You will also learn how the United States emerged from this difficult time.

Huey Long Lesson Plan

33. Huey Long Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces students to Huey Long, whose political views span from Louisiana to Washington D.C. Students will read an informative text lesson on Long's contributions, participate in discussion questions, and play a fun timeline game.

Huey Long: Biography, 'Share Our Wealth,' & Assassination

34. Huey Long: Biography, 'Share Our Wealth,' & Assassination

Examine the life of the 'Kingfish,' Huey Long, former governor and Senator from Louisiana during the 1920s and 1930s. Then you can test your knowledge of Long, his career, and his assassination with a quiz.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Activities for High School

35. Franklin D. Roosevelt Activities for High School

When your students are studying the Great Depression, consider using these activities to teach them about President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his contributions to the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression.

Causes of the Great Depression Lesson Plan

36. Causes of the Great Depression Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to have students take a close look at the causes and impact of the Great Depression. Use key vocabulary terms and apply knowledge by creating a layered book.

Great Depression Lesson Plan

37. Great Depression Lesson Plan

Teaching about the Great Depression can be nuanced and tricky. Use this Study.com lesson plan to explain the causes of the Great Depression and impact it had worldwide. Follow up and reinforce concepts by reading and analyzing historical text.

Life During the Great Depression Lesson Plan

38. Life During the Great Depression Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with a lesson and activities related to living conditions during the Great Depression. Students will make a group diorama and compare facts and figures from that time period and today.

Dorothea Lange Lesson Plan

39. Dorothea Lange Lesson Plan

Dorothea Lange was an American photographer known for her iconic work during the Great Depression. In this lesson plan, students will learn more about Lange and complete an activity in which they imagine what it might have been like to live in her shoes.

Al Capone Lesson Plan

40. Al Capone Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers point out important facts about the life of Al Capone. Classes will read through a text lesson, answer questions and work collaboratively to create a radio broadcast related to Al Capone.

Great Depression Project Ideas

41. Great Depression Project Ideas

There are many ways to talk about the Great Depression in your classroom. These project ideas can help student delve deeper into that material with hands-on and interactive learning.

Great Depression Unit Plan

42. Great Depression Unit Plan

Teaching the Great Depression to high school students can seem overwhelming. Not to worry! Utilize this unit plan to guide your students through the social, economic, and political factors that were part of this important part of American history.

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