Dust Bowl Memories Teacher's Page
A WebQuest for Grade 5, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

INTRODUCTION
The Dust Bowl came about when a terrible combination of drought and economic changes converged in the 1930's all across the Midwest. This WebQuest takes students on a Dust Bowl Journey through some outstanding websites. Some of the websites contain not only written information and photos from the Dust Bowl days, but they also contain fascinating interviews with people who actually lived through this trying time. Students are encouraged to interview someone who lived on a farm during the 1930's. Perhaps a great grandparent could be interviewed by a few of your students.
 

EVALUATION
Rubric for Dust Bowl Projects

Competency 

7 pts.

5 pts.

2 pts.

0 pts.

PowerPoint Shows understanding of Dust Bowl. Includes at least 8 slides with graphics. Shows some understanding of Dust Bowl.  Includes at least 6 slides and 6 with graphics.  Little understanding of Dust Bowl. Includes 4 slides and 4 graphics. Incomplete. Less than 4 slides and 4 graphics
Tall Tales Well written. Follows instructions and few spelling and grammatical errors. Shows creativity. Follows most instructions. Contains some spelling and grammatical errors. Shows some creativity. Follows some instructions. Contains many spelling and grammatical errors. Shows little creativity. No attempt.
Interviews Provides a list of 10 questions prior to the interview. Provides answers for each question after the interview. Provides a list of 8 questions prior to the interview. Provides answers for each question after the interview. Provides a list of 6 questions prior to the interview. Provides answers for each question after the interview. Provides a list of fewer than 6 questions prior to the interview. Few answers after the interview.

National Education Standards

SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS

  • Understands the causes of the Great Depression and how it affected American Society.

SCIENCE STANDARDS

  • Natural Hazards
  • Risks and benefits
  • Science and technology in Society

TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS

BASIC OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS

  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
  • Students are proficient in the use of technology.

TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

 

COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Science: Strand 7, Sec. 1D

 

RESOURCES
http://agclassroom.org/gan/

 

HINTS FOR STUDENT OR TEACHER USE
You might consider inviting some senior citizens in your community who experienced life during Dust Bowl years. Ones who lived in the rural Midwest will probably have the best stories to tell. Perhaps one of your students has great grandparents that they could invite.

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 This page was developed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.