How I Am Connected to the Great Depression

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10529

Living during the Great Depression was hard. See how hard it was first-hand with several activities, articles, and videos. Then, re-create Great Depression food and a town.


United States

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Take a look at the picture below.

destitute mother of seven children in the Great Depression

  • What do you see? What do you feel?
  • What do you think the mother is thinking about?
  • What do you think about the two kids?

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 terrible.

People didn't have money and could not find jobs. People were impoverished and had little money for food.

  • How would you feel about missing a meal or not getting food for a whole day?

It was a sad time in our history!

Explore the time of the Great Depression and learn what a child's life was like back then.

As you watch the movie below, think about how your life is different from these children's lives.

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Next, read the articles below and check out the pictures. You can click on the words in blue to hear personal stories of those who lived through the Great Depression.

When you are ready, continue on to the Got It? section.

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