How I Am Connected to the Great Depression

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10529

Living during the Great Depression was really hard. Through several online activities, articles, and a video you will see how hard first-hand. You'll get to re-create Great Depression food and a town!


United States

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Looking at the picture below, what do you feel?
  • What do you see?
  • What do you think the mother is thinking about?
  • What do you think about the 2 kids?

 migrant mother 1936

Image by Dorothea Lange, via Wikimedia Commons, is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID fsa.8b29516 and is in the public domain.

This picture was taken at a time in history called the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a time in America's history when the economy (our money system) was very bad.  People didn't have money and they could not find jobs.  People were very poor and had little money for food.  How would you feel about having to miss a meal or not getting food for a whole day?  It was a sad time in our history!  Today you are going to explore the time of the Great Depression and learn what the life of a child was like back then. 

Here are some resources to get you learning about this time:

Watch this Children of the Great Depression video and discuss with your teacher how your life is different from these children's lives:

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Check out the pictures and read through these following Wessels Living History Farm articles.  You can click on the words in green to hear personal stories of those who lived through the Great Depression:

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