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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.


Using 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 documentary, 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.
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