The Great Depression, 1929-1939
Use this link to study the SOL content of this topic. U.S. II 5d
Curriculum Link:
Try the Great Depression jigsaw puzzle. Puzzle

Great Depression Song: How did people express their feelings about the Depression in song? Click on the link to find out. Click on the link in the Wikipedia article to hear the song.

Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

Click here for an online video and audio of the song. Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

Great Depression Vocabulary: Define each word, using the opening paragraph of the links unless other directions are given.

Stock Market Crash Crash!

Black Tuesday..Read the first paragraph in "Timeline," using the link above for "Crash."

stock First Sentence!

Great Depression (Use the whole first paragraph for your definition.) Depression

Hooverville Hooverville

 Soup Kitchen Soup

Dust Bowl Be sure to look at the pictures. Dust Bowl

Black Sunday Black Sunday

Okie Use the whole paragraph under "Great Depression Usage." Okie

Herbert Hoover Hoover

New Deal New Deal


Social Security Read and copy "Creation: The Social Security Act." SSecurity



NRA Use the first TWO paragraphs. NRA



NLRB/Wagner Act Act

Webquest: Click on the link for a quick introduction to the Great Depression. You will be assigned to answer some (not all) of the questions that are found in the webquest. Answer those questions by copying them and writing your answers into your notebook.
Great Depression Webquest


Read about the photograph of the "Migrant Mother" that is shown above. Then answer the questions that follow.

The photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange, who worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). This administration was part of F.D.R.'s New Deal and gave work to photographers who recorded the impact of the Depression on farming families, small towns, and resettlement camps. The most poignant and vivid pictures were those of the migrant workers who had been driven from their farms by bad times.

The most famous photograph was the Migrant Mother that is considered a powerful example of photojournalism and a symbol of the grim conditions faced by many Americans during the Depression.

1. What does the photograph tell you about these individuals and the times in which they lived?

2. List the words that come to mind when you look at the picture.

3. How do the positions of the mother and children capture the emotions of the time?

4. What title do you think would best fit this photograph?


A Great Depression Slide Show. Click on the link to view some basic images and discussion about the Great Depression. This will give you an introduction to the Great Depression. GDep

Life During the Great Depression


What was life like for the ordinary person during the Great Depression? How did people survive without work or with a low paying job? Read the excerpt from "A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk: A Boy's View of the Great Depression." It is memoir of Robert J. Hastings' life growing up during the depression in Illinois. Hastings wrote the book as an adult many years after the depression ended. He became a Baptist minister and writer when he grew up. Nickel

Then and Now: Prices During the Great Depression

In "A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk" the author describes what his family did to survive with very little money during the Great Depression. Just how much did things cost then and how does that compare to today? Find out by reading the chart shown below.


Great Depression Readings: Read the following selections, taking notes by finding one important fact for EACH PARAGRAPH.

1. The Market Crashes Crash!

2. The Human Toll Toll

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt FDR

4. The Farmers' Plight Only read and take notes on paragraphs 5, 6, 7, and 8. farm

5. National Recovery Administration Recovery

6. Jobs Programs Jobs

7. Social Security Social

The Dust Bowl

Use the map to answer the questions that follow it.


1. List the names of the states that were affected by the dust storms.

2. What does the dark, shaded area represent?

3. What were the migrant workers who left the Dust Bowl called?

4. Who was the author who wrote about these poor, migrant workers?

5. In which physical region was the Dust Bowl located?

6. Name the state regions in which the Dust Bowl was located.

Great Depression Games:

Game #1 Hoops!

Game #2 Grade or No Grade

Game #3 Fling You-Know-Who!

Game #4 Pop-ups

Game #5 Another Fling

Game #6