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Grade 6 Academic Standards

6.4.3 Analyze the impact of climate and natural disasters on human populations, including forced migration, scarcity of consumer goods, economic activities, and loss of life.

Oklahoma History Center Education Resources

The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and New Deal in Oklahoma

History Alive! Living History
Dust Bowl Housewife

Lesson Plans
"Learning about the Great Depression and Dust Bowl through Primary Sources"

Traveling Trunks
Dust Bowl and the Great Depression

The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

Donald A. Wilhite, "Dust Bowl"
Derek Arndt, "Drought"
Kenneth V. Luza, "Earthquakes"
Leo Kelley, "Tornadoes"
Howard L. Johnson, "Climate"
Donald E. Green, "Settlement Patterns"
William H. Mullins, "Okie Migrations"
Jim Gabbert, "Resettlement Administration"

Research Center Resources

James N. Gregory, American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California 1989; reprint, (New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1991).
R. Douglas Hurt, The Dust Bowl: An Agricultural and Social History (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1981).
Alvin O. Turner, ed., Letters from the Dust Bowl (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001).
Richard Bedard, In the Shadow of the Tornado: Stories and Adventures from the Heart of Storm Country (Norman, Okla.: Gilco Publishing, 1996).
James E. Lawson, Jr., and Kenneth V. Luza, Earthquake Map of Oklahoma (Norman: Oklahoma Geological Survey, 1995).
Howard L. Johnson and Claude E. Duchon, The Atlas of Oklahoma Climate (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995).
Kevin Z. Sweeney, "'And The Skies Are Not Cloudy All Day': Drought and the Cherokee Outlet Land Run," The Chronicles of Oklahoma 81 (Winter 2003–04).
Hugh Hammond Bennett and William R. Chapline, "Soil Erosion: A National Menace," USDA Circular 33 (Washington, DC: US Department of Agriculture, 1928).


Additional Resources

"Population Density in the United States Lesson Plan," National Geographic
"The Dust Bowl Lesson Plans," PBS
"Natural Hazards," PBS Learning Media
"Populations in the Path of Natural Hazards," Population Reference Bureau
"Tornadoes," Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
"Fleeing Floods, Earthquakes, Droughts, and Rising Sea Levels," The Nansen Initiative
"Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940 to 1941," Library of Congress
"Voices from the Dust Bowl," NPR

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