The Great Depression. Drought. The “Dirty-Thirties”. Dust Bowl.
Woodie Guthrie. Dust pneumonia. Black Sunday. Okies. South Side 6th
graders are learning all about these terms and more as they tie in
concepts from science, social studies, reading, and writing while
reading Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust. Our students starting
building knowledge about the Dust Bowl Era with our Amazing Race group
project. Students used text evidence from books, videos, and online text
to learn about this devastating time in our nation’s history.
google drive, students collaborated and strived to be the first team to
locate details to answer questions posed to them about the effects of
drought and over-farming in the Great Plains during the Great
Depression. Using part of Ken Burn’s Dust Bowl
students viewed video footage from the time and heard from survivors of
the Dust Bowl to help them understand the setting of our class novel. As
we work our way through the novel, students are also reading paired
nonfiction text about California’s drought and water conservation to
compare and contrast the current situation to that of the past.