200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Resources

  • A Day in the Life of a 1930s School Child

    Students begin with an introductory video explaining the difference between primary and secondary sources. They then closely examine a photograph of a school at Skyline Farms. Next, they make digital annotations on the image in Google Drawings, and they answer the questions about the image. After that, students write a diary entry from the viewpoint of one of the students in the photograph using a diary template in Google Drawings. Finally, students reflect on their learning by voting on the part of the hyperdoc to the degree to which they met the learning target.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 3

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  • The Great Depression Affecting Schools

    Teacher will review primary sources and discuss the different types students may come in contact with. Students will try to think of different types of primary sources they have seen during their study of the Great Depression. Teacher will call on students to answer and write the different types on an anchor chart. The teacher will explain that they will be looking at a primary source from a student from the Great Depression. Each student will get a copy, and they will work with a partner to figure out who, what, where, and why this primary source was written. The teacher will set a 15 minute timer to allow partners to gather information. Once the time is up, the teacher will help analyze the primary source.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Dear Mr. Governor: Letters from the Great Depression

    After reading and discussing secondhand accounts of how the Great Depression impacted different socioeconomic groups in Alabama, the students will read four letters to Governor Benjamin Miller, requesting assistance for their families. Two are written by African American residents. The students will discuss how the content of the letters compares with the information they have already learned about the life of Alabamians during the Great Depression. The students will then write a letter back to one of the residents from the governor's perspective.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Looking at the Impact of the Great Depression on Gee’s Bend

    Students will be provided with two excerpts from interviews with individuals who lived in Gee's Bend, Alabama during the Great Depression. Students will be provided with a map detailing where Gee's Bend is located. Students will be provided with several photographs of the citizens of Gee's Bend.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Saving Our Schools: Great Depression

    After discussing the conditions of the Great Depression, we will be reviewing first hand accounts of students affected by the closure of their schools in the South. We will be looking and comparing the two letters and why they were written. We will write a compare and contrast of the two letters. We will also write our own letter as if our school is closign during the Depression and what would we tell Governor Miller of the importance.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Sewing a Quilt

    Print the picture of the quilting bee at Gee's Bend during the Depression era. Discuss the picture, talk about the background: the floor, the materials they have, and what they are doing. This activity is a great lesson to introduce the activities that many women did during the Depression era as a recreation activity as well as a means of making quilts for the winter or to sell/trade.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4, 6

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  • Harvesting Cotton - Then and Now

    Begin the activity by telling students that today they will be historians and that they will work together to complete a puzzle. Divide students into groups of 3 or 4. Distribute one piece of the primary source photo to each group, making sure each group receives the same piece. Have students study the 'puzzle piece' and if this is the first time students have examined a primary source, ask them questions. Give groups another piece of the puzzle and repeat the questions. Continue until students have all pieces of the photograph. Distribute 'Analyze a Photograph' worksheet to each group or student. Have groups complete the questions together. Gather and engage students in a discussion about their analysis. Spend time on the last question, 'how does this photo compare to modern times?'

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 3

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  • What’s Your Story?

    The students will brainstorm things they enjoy doing, places they enjoy going, and things or places they did not enjoy. They will express these feelings on paper by creating shapes and designs to represent their feelings. They may use pictures and/or words.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 3

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