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Teaching the 1940s
June 12, 2011
4:51 pm
Scarlett
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My aunt is a new elementary school teacher. Being fairly young, she didn't live during the 1940s, but she does have to teach a lesson about it. What are some approaches you think she could take to teaching 1940s history? I would love to have some suggestions to share with her.

June 13, 2011
7:31 pm
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What a wonderful era to teach about!  When she is done, she might even get a history buff on her hands!  Here may be some fun suggestions.  Since she is teaching elementary school, I am guessing she is teaching the younger grades, so being age appropriate is important.  To get a feel for the era, she could start with a few pictures of what people dressed like in that time, and play some songs so that they could get a feeling for the time. Then with the help of the internet download a 1940's radio show.  It would be interesting to see their expressions when they can't "see" it, no TV and no computers in the day!  Write down on a piece of paper, professions in the 1940s, then fold up the papers and have a student pick one out of the bowl.  Then they could see what they could find out about that job that night and discuss it in class the next day. Devise a game using ration cards and see how far they get with a limited supply.  Be inventive and creative, on if you don't have something, what could they use in its place.  Just some thoughts.   

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