Texas Dust Bowl: Extension Activities

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    Route 66

    Find out how the Dust Bowl contributed to the famous Route 66. Download this PowerPoint from the Arizona Geographic Alliance.

    Route 66


    Independent Reading:  Before the Week's Through

    This short story published on Newsela recounts one Dust Bowl experience. Teachers who have a free Newsela account can assign to the students and adjust the reading level according to student needs.

    Before the Week's Through

    Photo Essay

    Students learn and practice the art of photo essays using Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother.

    Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother

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    Watch The Dust Bowl

    If you have access to PBS, this film by Ken Burns documents the environmental tragedy known as the Dust Bowl.

    The Great Depression Teaching Resources

    The Dust Bowl by PBS

    Explore numerous links and resources to help your students understand the events leading up to, during, and after the Great Depression.

    More Activities and Ideas

    For more ideas on the Texas Dust Bowl, including writing tie-ins, bulletin board ideas, art projects, and more, visit our Pinterest page!