Roaring 20s Life

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10156

What made The Roaring 20s roar? Dance your way into this lesson and experience life during this crazy decade in American history!


United States

learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you heard music from the 1920s?

Listen to some of the samples below to enjoy some of the music from that period. Though it differs from what you are used to, close your eyes and listen.

  • What instruments do you hear?
  • What is the feeling of the music?

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  • So, what made the 20s roar?

This music helps you get a feel for the decade — it was big, fun, and full of dancing.

The 1920s in the United States are referred to as the Roaring 20s. It was right after World War I, and people bought all the new manufactured goods made through the Industrial Revolution.

People were roaring with new fashion trends, big cars, and the new music called jazz, and they enjoyed the new forms of entertainment, notably the first movie theaters.

Life was grand and significant for the people living in the 1920s. Watch the video below to see what daily life was like.

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  • What did you notice in the video?
  • What were some of the new inventions from that time?
  • What were people doing for entertainment?

The Roaring 20s ended tragically with the 1929 Stock Market crash. Many luxurious purchases people made were made on credit, which they discovered was not good for the economy.

The Roaring 20s led to the Great Depression of the 1930s and early 40s.

Explore the resources below to learn more about 1920s culture.

Roar over to the Got It? section to join a Roaring 20s dinner party!

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