This is a simulation where each student is given a strip of paper (you cut the provided strips) describing their role in the Great Depression. I create a spot in the classroom labeled "Poor House" and as the simulation goes on, kids are sent there based on their role.
The students go through and read their role (they are numbered so they know what order to read in), and see how things effect them. This is really neat to see how it works out in the end. There are a total of 27 strips, but some can be duplicated for larger classes. I have done this with a class of 40 kids and had great success. There are questions for students to answer before the simulation starts and then questions at the end of the simulation.
It is really neat for students to see who winds up in the "poor house" and who still has money. It is nice for the kids to experience this as if they were a person and seeing it happen first hand.
My students rated this as one of their favorite activities from the whole school year.
This is great for middle and high school.