Literature: "Dear America: Christmas After All" by Kathryn Lasky
These sites have lessons and activities for this “Dear America” book, plus biographies about author Kathryn Lasky. Includes information about the people and activities that were popular during the Great Depression. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on the 1930s.
Scholastic: Dear America Books
This site has discussion questions and suggested activities relating to the book. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Process in Writing
This lesson has students write a diary entry and then participate in a peer edit. The lesson also has students complete a Venn diagram comparing a 1930s Christmas celebration to a modern day one.
Meet Kathryn Lasky
Read a brief biography about author Kathryn Lasky.
Be like the character Wille Faye and make a pomander ball. This site offers simple instructions. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Radio Hall of Fame
Read a brief biography about singer Kate Smith, a singer who is mentioned in the book.
Amelia Earhart's life is documented on this site. Read about this female aviator's flights and her disappearance.
Read through these instructions on how to play jacks, a children's game that was popular in the 1930s. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Simplified Rules of Tiddlywinks
This site explains how to play the game of Tiddlywinks, a popular children's game in the 1930s.
The Quaker Oats Box Crystal Radio Set
This pdf has instructions and diagrams for building a crystal radio set using a Quaker Oats box.
This site has some pictures showing popular toys given as Christmas gifts in the 1930s.
Reminiscences of the Great Depression
Read these first-person accounts about growing up during the Depression.
Indiana State Information Center
Explore the links to learn more about the state of Indiana, which is the setting for the book.
eThemes Resource: Decade: 1930-1939
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines. There are links to eThemes Resources on books set in the 1930s.