Experiential activity

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Experiential Activity Rules and Activities

Below are rules and assignments for the Great Depression experiential activity.  Please look over both the assignments and rules carefully.  This experiential activity will help you better understand the hardships that many people experienced during the 1930s and early 1940s.  Please remember that while you will only spend one week under these conditions, the Great Depression lasted for over ten years. As you struggle with daily living and going without modern conveniences, think what it would be like if you had to live the next ten years of your life under such conditions.

Notebook expectations

  • two pages (one page front and back) written every day
  • one page for drawing / doodling
  • design / decorate the cover of your booklet
  • by the end of the experience every page will have been used

Activities and Rules:

Friday, January 14th – Meal plan due to Mr. Halula (all students)
january 14th-16th  – Buy food for approved five-day meal schedule.
Food schedule and receipts due Monday, january 17th

Turn in:

  • receipt with your name on the back
  • meal plan with a parent / guardian signature on the front

January 17th – Great Depression experiential experience begins at 8am (Monday)

  • Turn in all electrical appliances to parents, including iPods or MP3 players, cell phones, and electronic games.
  • Make your bed to start the day
  • Refer to chore chart
  • Read for thirty minutes today at home
  • Eat meals as identified on approved seven-day meal schedule.
  • Students will not use hot water on this day. Tepid water only.
  • Write a two-page journal entry immediately before going to bed.
    • have one page you used for drawing/doodling

January 18th – Great Depression experience day two (Tuesday)

  • Make your bed to start the day
  • Eat meals as identified on approved seven-day meal schedule
  • Walk for forty-five (45) minutes in your area
  • Refer to chore chart
  • Read for thirty minutes today at home
  • Write a two-page journal entry immediately before going to bed.
    • have one page you used for drawing/doodling

January 19th – Great Depression experience day three (wednesday)

  • Make your bed to start the day
  • Eat meals as identified on approved seven-day meal schedule.
  • Students will not use hot water for bathing on this day. Tepid only.
  • Refer to chore chart
  • Read for thirty minutes today at home
  • Spend fifteen (30) minutes entertaining your family (board games, cards, storytelling)
    • Have a family member take 3-4 picture of this
  • Write a two-page journal entry immediately before going to bed.
    • have one page you used for drawing/doodling

January 20th – Great Depression experience day four (thursday)

  • Make your bed to start the day
  • Eat meals as identified on approved seven-day meal schedule.
  • Students will be given the opportunity for food at the teacher “bread line” at school
  • Refer to chore chart
  • Read for thirty minutes today at home
  • Grab a broom and sweep your entire house/apartment
  • Write a two-page journal entry immediately before going to bed.
    • have one page you used for drawing/doodling

january 21st – Great Depression experience day five (Friday)

  • Make your bed to start the day
  • Eat meals as identified on approved seven-day meal schedule.
  • Students will not use hot water for bathing on this day.
  • Refer to chore chart
  • Read for thirty minutes today at home
  • Do your homework by candlelight/flashlight
    • Have a family member take 3-4 picture of this
    • Journal your overall experience for this time.
  • Experiential experience ends when student goes to bed or at midnight.

january 22nd – Great Depression experience day five (Saturday)

  • Make your bed to start the day
  • When you go to your student conference, share with your humanities teacher, and parents, your thoughts on the week thus far.
  • Refer to chore chart
  • Read for thirty minutes today at home
  • Do your homework by candlelight / flashlight
    • Have a family member take 3-4 picture of this

january 23rd – Great Depression experience day five (sunday)

  • Make your bed to start the day
  • Refer to chore chart
  • Read for thirty minutes today at home
  • 8pm – You did it!

Great Depression report. This is all of your journal entries brought together. (Handwritten) – Due monday, january 24th.

Include the following:

  • What themes have been flushed out in your writing?
  • In what areas did you push/limit yourself?

Camera exception: Students will need to have parents take pictures of their home experience.  Parents may take as many pictures as they wish.  Students will need 7-10 photos from this experience for a video presentation created by the teachers.

If there are ANY concerns during this time, please email/contact Mr. Halula.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I get a receipt for the wet market?

Please add any purchases from the wet market to a paper receipt that they received from a store.

What happens to the laptop during this week?

Students should plan on giving their laptop to you, their parent, during this time so temptation does not play a part.

What if my child has outside school lessons that require technology?

Use discretion case-by-case. This is up to individual families.

What about lunches during this week at school?

Students should have scheduled their school lunch into the plan for the week. In the past students have scheduled small snacks both before and after lunch.

Is this safe?

Absolutely. We have had no complications as students have done a great job with the meal schedule for the week. It should be noted, however, that students that participate in strenuous club sports on a regular basis (swimming, soccer, tennis, etc.) should plan on eating a bit more than the rest of the grade to make up for this.

I need my child to have their cell phone on them. What are they supposed to during this week?

Your child’s safety is the most important thing. We are simply asking that they do not use their cell phone to chat/message with their friends while also staying away from online games and surfing the internet.

What about spices and/or seasoning?

Spices along with salt and pepper may be used without purchase.

What if food is given or donated to me during this week?

This food is not a part of the activity and should not be eaten. Remember that food did not “fall from the sky” and was not available to people during this time.

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