| Teaching Guide
The aim of this tour is to educate students about the economic implications of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
Chicago students are expected to learn about the economic history of the United States, including specific economic terms and policies. Students are expected to understand the concepts of supply and demand, inflation, and how a bank works.
The intended audience is primarily Chicago Public School students in the fourth and fifth grades, but the tour and lessons may be adaptable for other grades as well.
Reading at a 4th grade level
It is suggested that students go through the tours in the
order given on the Show
Me the Money home page, so that they follow chronological order.
Social Science, Economics, Music, and Language Arts will
be addressed in this tour.
Internet-linked computer with browser (version 5.0
recommended) for each student or group of students; or a projector with
a large group of students.
It is recommended that teachers preview this tour to find
any concepts or vocabulary that may need to be covered before the students
begin. Teachers may wish to create a vocabulary/spelling list for using
the terms found in this tour.
Teachers may want to create an economic system within their own classroom. For example, students may form mock businesses reflecting needs they think their classroom has. The teacher may then introduce economic factors into the business world of the classroom, in order to explore inflation and supply and demand. The teacher may want to act as the classroom bank and give out loans to the student businesses. Teachers may also want to discuss current events, such as businesses that are failing and succeeding, or businesses that the students may be familiar with. For example, items from popular culture (Fubu clothing, Nike, McDonalds) may appeal to the students and help them relate to the businesses of the 1920s.
Teachers are strongly encouraged to set up a discussion time for students after each computer session so that they can reflect and give feedback on what they have experienced so far in the tour. Questions and statements such as the following may be posed during discussion: Tell about something you learned today from the tour. Do you know anyone who owns their own business? Have you ever been to a bank? Have you ever been to a farm? What else would you want to know about the subject of the tour?
Students will learn about the Great Depression and
how it affected the country.
Journal entries: Children will show evidence of note taking in their online journals.
Upon the completion of this tour, children can add to their printed journals thoughts and ideas about the following questions: (They may refer to notes taken in their journals and to the tour itself).
How does a business get money to stay successful and not go bankrupt?
Describe the Dust Bowl and its effects on the farms of Oklahoma. How would you feel if you had to take the journey to California?
Describe a business - clothing, restaurants, movies, etc. and explain how supply and demand works.
What is a stock?
What is an "Okie?" Has there ever been a
time when someone called you something that wasn't your real name? How
did it make you feel?
Partridge, Elizabeth. This land was made for you and me : the life and songs of Woody Guthrie. New York : Viking, 2002.