The Dust Bowl--My World

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GIS Level:
  • Beginning
Geographic Scale:
  • National
Target Audience:
  • Secondary
Midwestern US

The Dust Bowl is a collection of primary and secondary source materials for the secondary classroom. Materials included for download here are the two GIS based activities that are part of a larger collection of Dust Bowl teaching resources found at: Bowl/ The complete collection also includes written, photo, and static map items and related activities. The goal of the unit is to allow students to gain a more thorough understanding of this important event in American history as they compare and contrast the traditional interpretation of the event with more recent conclusions. The GIS activities make this possible by providing access to census and agricultural data from 1930 and 1940 along with soil and climate data from the the middle of the decade of the 1930s when the dust storms were at their peak. Sample lesson materials are included here, but teachers are encouraged to adapt the resources in the collection to best meet theirs and their students’ needs.

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