Lesson Plan

The Great Depression

Explain causes and effects of the Great Depression on the people of the United States.
Bethany P.
Technology Integration Support Specialist
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

  1. Explain causes and effects of the Great Depression on the people of the United States.
  2. Explain cause and effect relationships between people, places, ideas, and events.
  3. Write about the people affected by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl
Subjects
Social Studies
Grades 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 HOOK/ATTENTION GETTER

The Google Expedition kit needs to be set up in advance. The kit includes Android phones with the Google Expeditions app, VR headsets, a router and Android tablet for the teacher to guide the Expedition. Everything should be charged. The guide Expedition should be started waiting on students to join the Expedition. 

Student Instructions

Today we will be taking a Virtual Reality field trip to places of importance during the Great Depression. Will will visit a major city as well as the Midwest and rural South. 

2 DIRECT INSTRUCTION and GUIDED PRACTICE

Read the script from the Google Expedition guide view. Stop and the end of each panorama title and have students discuss and answer questions related to this title. Then have groups share their answers with the entire class. 

Student Instructions

Discuss at your table possible answers to the questions relating to each panorama title. Write your answers in the space provided. Be prepared to share your answers with the rest of the class.

3 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Say to the students "Imagine, like Dorothea Lange, that you have been employed by the United States government to take photographs that document poverty in the United States.  Pretend you took the pictures on page three of your handout. Choose four pictures and complete the graphic organizer.

Student Instructions

Complete page two of the handout. 

4 WRAP-UP

Create an open-ended question in Google Classroom. Students will answer a 3,2,1 exit ticket. They will describe 3 living conditions of migrant families, 2 causes of the Dust Bowl, and 1 opinion about the lesson. 

Student Instructions

Please complete the 3,2,1 exit ticket. Describe 3 living conditions of migrant families, 2 causes of the Dust Bowl, and 1 opinion about the lesson.