Ration Stamps of World War II
|Overview:||Students read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. While reading, the students have discussions about WWII and its effects on the home front. One of these discussions included rationing to support the war effort. This lesson will give students the background behind ration stamps and a firsthand experience in a simulation of rationing at school.|
|Objective:||Students will increase their understanding of WWII rationing by participating in a school rationing simulation.|
|Time Required:||Two class periods of 45 minutes|
|Era:||Great Depression/WWII, 1929-1945|
|Illinois Learning Standards:||English Language Arts:
1.B.3a-Preview reading materials, make predictions and relate reading to information from other sources.
1.B.3c-Continuously check and clarify for understanding.
1.C.3c-Compare, contrast and evaluate ideas and information from various sources and genres.
5C-Apply acquired information, concepts and ideas to communicate in a variety of formats.
16C-Understand the development of economic systems.
|1.||Students have read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry through chapter ten.|
|2.||Students read and discuss the background behind WWII rationing.|
|3.||Students view PowerPoint (page 2 of PDF) showing primary source pictures of ration stamps and draw conclusions about what they see in the pictures.|
|4.||Students will brainstorm a list of supplies (pencils, paper, books, passes, etc.) that are necessary to maintain their needs throughout the school day.|
|5.||Students will rank these items by importance. The lower the rank, the less the need.|
|6.||Students will decide how many stamps would be needed for each need in their school day.|
|1.||Students will create a ration booklet with construction paper and ration stamps based on their conclusions on day one.|
|2.||Students will record their name on the booklet.|
|3.||Students will use stamps for each of the needs they identified on day one.|
|4.||At the end of day two, class discussion will culminate the simulation.|
|5.||Students will answer these questions:
Students will be evaluated by participation in the simulation and group discussion.
Cumberland Middle School