This is an activity that can be done with any unit in class, but I have found this to be very effective with pictures from the Great Depression. This includes:
1. A two-sided graphic organizer that has questions for 6 individual pictures. (Students will have to analyze the photos with this chart...not just a quick glance.)
2. Six high quality pictures that I use in class with this chart. (Picture 1: Soup Kitchen, Picture 2: Run on a Bank, Picture 3: Wealthy person selling car, Picture 4: Dust-Bowl Family, Picture 5: Hooverville Fight with Police, Picture 6: "Hooverville House"
This activity can be done different ways:
+ Individually - Students get a picture for 5-7 minutes and then pass it to the next person.
+ As a Class - Gallery walk around the room making observations and helping one another. (Students like this option best).
The chart could be easily adapted to any other units if you wanted to as well.