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Grade 3: Social Studies Content Skills

Content Standard 4: The student will analyze the significant events and historic personalities contributing to the development of the state Oklahoma

  1. Summarize how the weather and the environment have impacted the economy of Oklahoma in events like the Dust Bowl. (CCRIT 2)

The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

Arndt, Derek. “Drought
Mullins, William H. “Great Depression
Mundende, D. Chongo. “Conservation Districts,” “Soil and Water Conservation
Wilhite, Donald A. “Dust Bowl

Research Center Resources


  • “Conservation-Soil and Water, 1935–1942,” (Federal Writers’ Project Collection, OHS)
  • Drake, Lawrence, Leonard A Soloman, and Harry Birdwell. History of Conservation in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City: Quintella Printing, n.d.)
  • Egan, Timothy. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., c2006)
  • Floyd, Fred. A History of the Dust Bowl (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1950)
  • Henderson, Caroline A. Letters from the Dust Bowl (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, c2001)
  • Henshaw, Betty Grant. Children of the Dust: An Okie Family Story (Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press, c2006)
  • Johnson, Howard L. and Claude E. Duchon. The Atlas of Oklahoma Climate (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995)
  • Johnson, Vance. Heaven’s Tableland: The Dust Bowl Story (New York: Farrar, Straus, 1947)
  • Lowitt, Richard, “Farm Crisis in Oklahoma, Part 1,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma 89 (Fall 2011), “Part 2,” 89 (Winter 2011–12)
  • McDonald, Angus Henry. Erosion and its control in Oklahoma Territory (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1938)
  • Svobida, Lawrence. An Empire of Dust (Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1940s)
  • Sweeney, Kevin Z. “And the Skies are not Cloudy All Day,” Drought and the Cherokee Outlet Land Run,” The Chronicles of Oklahoma 81 (Winter 2003–2004)
  • Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979)


  • “Dust Bowl,” (Mrs. Hardy Keylon Collection, box 1; Oklahoma Department of Transportation Collection; Oklahoma Historical Society Photograph Collection; Oklahoma Historical Society Oral History Collection; T. Bone McDonald Collection, box 1; OHS)
  • The Dust Bowl (F2013.134.2.0017, WKY-TV Film Collection, OHS)
  • The Members of Company 810 Civilian Conservation Corps in Heavener, Oklahoma (1933) (F2010.108.1.053, Oklahoma Historical Society Film and Video Collection, OHS)

Additional Resources

  • Hurt, R. Douglas. The Dust Bowl: An Agricultural and Social History (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1981)

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