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This hands-on lesson combines social studies, language arts, and technology. Fourth grade students begin by researching and collecting information from a variety of sources. Students develop an appreciation of the difficulties endured by many people during the era of the Great Depression.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will research what life was like during the Great Depression as described by individuals who lived during that era using the Internet, textbook, and interviews. Students will conduct an interview with a family member, neighbor, or community member who lived during the era and present an oral report based on the interview.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will work cooperatively to compile their interviews into a class slideshow presentation.
Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Current adopted Alabama history textbook, trade books depicting life during the era of the Great Depression
Technology Resources Needed:
Computers with Internet access, LCD projector, digital camera or a scanner, word processing software, presentation software
The teacher should bookmark the websites listed in the procedure steps in order to provide easy access to appropriate information for students. The teacher will need to copy the slideshow template file to any computers the students will be using. Students should have a basic knowledge of presentation software.
The teacher will use the attached rubrics to evaluate the individual oral presentation and the group slideshow presentation.
Students who need extra assistance can be paired/grouped with student(s) who can serve as peer tutors.
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for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
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short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.