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This NO PREP stations activity presents a variety of Great Depression topics with visually appealing photo sets. Increase student growth and engagement using fun and effective methods!
After completing this lesson students will have an broad understanding of the Great Depression and the misery and suffering that affected Americans during the time period.
Students will examine each of the following:
1. Great Depression Overview
2. Causes of the Depression
3. Impact of the Depression
4. The Dust Bowl
5. Hoover and the Crisis
6. FDR and the New Deal
The lesson is easily adaptable to fit your teaching style. The following methods have proven to be the most successful in my classroom:
1. Hang the information sheets around the class and have students rotate to each sheet.
- This is my favorite because it gets students up and moving. You can assign the
worksheet that accompanies this activity, or simply have them summarize each
topic as they rotate.
2. Split the students into groups and assign one sheet per group. Have the students read the information sheet and prepare to present the information to the rest of class.
- I assign a number to each group member (number the first group, then start back at
1 for the next group, so that you have multiple 1’s, 2’s, etc. throughout the class) and
after students have had adequate time to prepare I tell them all the 2’s are
presenting. This method motivates students because they don’t know which group
member is presenting until it is time to present.
3. Form groups of 6 and have the students pass around the information sheets.
- I’ve found the best approach for this method is to give students a set amount of
time and then have all students pass their sheets to the right when told.
The versatility of this activity allows for several culminating assessments. Typically, once students have completed one of the methods above, I have them write a response to the following question- “Was the Great Depression preventable? Please explain your answer.” Then, I conduct a debate in which students can defend their choice. Another option is to have students write a journal entry from the point of view of a person living in America during the Great Depression. I encourage them to include as much information from the stations as possible.