New Deal

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The lesson begins with a brief summary of the Depression, and then introduces students to the New Deal and its implications for the United States and its citizens.  The lesson focuses on President Roosevelt and how he worked hard to restore American’s faith in banks and helped restore the economy.  Additionally, the lesson includes the “alphabet” of organizations and agencies created during Roosevelt’s New Deal.  Practice sheets are included to help familiarize students with the plethora of vocabulary included in the lesson.  It is highly recommended students receive an opportunity to view video clips from the Depression period as it relates to the New Deal.

New Deal Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the New Deal
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson begins with a brief summary of the Depression, and then introduces students to the New Deal and its implications for the United States and its citizens.  The lesson focuses on President Roosevelt and how he worked hard to restore American’s faith in banks and helped restore the economy.  Additionally, the lesson includes the “alphabet” of organizations and agencies created during Roosevelt’s New Deal.  Practice sheets are included to help familiarize students with the plethora of vocabulary included in the lesson.  It is highly recommended students receive an opportunity to view video clips from the Depression period as it relates to the New Deal.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display the date: 10/29/1929.  Ask students:  What important event began on this day in U.S. history?  (The Great Depression began on this date called “Black Tuesday.”)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Give students hints such as many people became poor and were hungry, people lost jobs, etc.  Once the answer is discovered, ask students:  What would you have done to help people during the Great Depression?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the New Deal, the government’s response four years later to the Great Depression.
  4. Distribute New Deal content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  (Extra spaces provided for additional agencies not included in the content.)  Tell students to summarize using their own words.
  6. When completed, the students will share their results with the class. Use this time to further discuss the ultimate reason for the New Deal, to create jobs for Americans following the Great Depression.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Allow sufficient time to discuss the students’ responses to the three homework questions. Students may debate each other, encourage them to support their responses with facts.
  10. In closing, ask: Review the acts and laws.  Which one do you think would be most helpful to people in the United States today?  Why?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6.4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies