Roosevelt's Tree Army
A reading of A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck demonstrates how small acts of philanthropy were possible, even during the Great Depression. Students learn about government philanthropy through the work of the C.C.C. and the W.P.A. during the Great Depression. As a final project, the students plant some tree seedlings in their community.
Students will learn basic terms and vocabulary related to the Great Depression. After listening to A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck, students will understand how small acts of philanthropy were possible, even during these difficult times. Students will identify acts of philanthropy and illustrate one act through a creative presentation.
Students explore in detail the origin, activities, and impact of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The students will explore the work and impact of the Civilian Conservation Corps in their state. Michigan is used as an example, but this lesson is applicable in any state.