Introduce a unit and scaffold learning by teaching with an object lesson that students can touch and feel to spark interest and incite curiosity. While historical artifacts are awesome, they come with a big sticker price and on a teacher budget, who can afford it!? Object(s) suggestions are not antiques, but rather can be easily gathered from your kid's toy box or a quick trip to the thrift store. This product contains an object lesson plan, lyrics, and worksheet to be used with an American History unit about the Great Depression.
“A computer is familiar; a sugarloaf or glove stretcher is not. In order to awaken interest in history and to help students better understand how their own material worlds came to be, there are few better methods than looking to the technology of the past.” from
Abbey Chandler, Teaching with a Tea Set: Using Objects in the US History Survey
This lesson plan includes an object list (with money saving tips on the best places to find them), learning target, lesson plan, extension activities and/or helpful links.
Also included is a 7 slide PowerPoint discussing the importance of teaching with objects, all the different places to find them, implementation tips, strategies, and ideas, and links to several great articles about object lessons.
*Preview this product by downloading my FREE Industrial Revolution: Cotton Boll object lesson
SAVE BIG on a bundled collection of all of my Object Lessons in American History (22 lessons!). This collection of lesson plans can supplement or introduce a year's worth of American History curriculum, beginning with Native America and ending in our current era of globalization.
Table of Contents
1. Native America: Rock, Tree, Earth
2. Native America: Glitter Disease
3. American Revolution: Crown vs. Pen
4. American Revolution:Chocolate and Pennies
5. A New Nation: Object Sort
6. Westward Expansion: Bacon, Bacon
7. Westward Expansion: Covered Wagon
8. First Industrial Revolution: Yawn, I mean Yarn
9. First Industrial Revolution: Cotton Boll
10. Civil War: Amputation
11. Reconstruction: Demolition
12. Gilded Age: Fool’s Gold
13. WWI: Gas Mask
14. Great Depression: Bowl of Cherries
15. WWII: Landmark Destruction
16. Post War Boom: 1950s Automobile
17. Civil Rights: African Americans
18. Civil Rights: Farm Workers
19. Civil RIghts: Native Americans
20. Vietnam War: Dominos
21. Era of Social Change: The Hippie
22. Globalization: Game of Speed
*This is a saving value of $19 when you buy the complete set!!
*OBJECTS ARE NOT INCLUDED. Lesson plans ONLY. Please email me if interested in a collection of actual objects that could be mailed to your classroom. firstname.lastname@example.org
Object Lesson: Great Depression Bowl of Cherries by Sarah Enos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.