Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Quality Core Curriculum - 5th Grade
Gives examples of causes and effects of the Great Depression- social, economic
and political (e.g. New Deal).

Performance Objectives: The students will be able to:
  • Discuss the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the country's recovery from the Great Depression.

  • Describe Franklin Delano Roosevelt's leadership during World War II.

  • Give examples of life during the 1920's, 30's, and 40's in rural Georgia.

  • Discuss Franklin Delano Roosevelt's contributions as a humanitarian and
    his efforts towards relief of victims of polio.

Background Information: Important Dates in FDR's Life
  • 1882 (January 30) Born at Hyde Park, NY only child of James and Sara Delano Roosevelt

  • 1900 Graduated from Groton, MA, Preparatory School

  • 1903 Graduated from Harvard University

  • 1904 Entered Columbia University Law School

  • 1905 (March 17) Married Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore's niece

  • 1906 Passed the Bar exam- left Columbia University before graduation

  • 1907-1910 Clerk for New York Law firm

  • 1910 Joined Democratic Party- Won election to NY State Senate

  • 1912 Supported Wilson against cousin, Theodore, in Presidential election

  • 1913 Appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by Wilson

  • 1914 Ran unsuccessfully for US Senate

  • 1920 Ran unsuccessfully for Vice-President (running mate Cox)

  • 1921 (August 9) Stricken with polio at Campobello

  • 1924 (October 3-20) First visit to Warm Springs, GA

  • 1926 Bought Warm Springs Resort

  • 1927 Deeded Warm Springs Resort property to the GA Warm Springs Foundation

  • 1928 Elected Governor of New York

  • 1930 Re-elected Governor of New York

  • 1932 Elected President of US and built the Little White House in Warm Springs

  • 1933 (June 18) Returned to Campobello for the first time after being stricken with polio

  • 1934 (January 30) First "Birthday Balls" held throughout the country

  • 1938 National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was founded

  • 1936 Re-elected President of US

  • 1940 Re-elected President of US

  • 1941 (December 8) Declares war against Japan

  • 1941 (December 11) Declares war against Germany and Italy

  • 1944 Re-elected President of US

  • 1945 (April 12) Died of Cerebral Hemorrhage at Warm Springs

The Roosevelt Children: Anna: 1906 - 1975 James: 1907 -1991 Franklin,
Jr.: 1909 - Died infancy Elliott: 1910 - 1990 Franklin, Jr.: 1914 -1988 John:
1916 -1981


Word Splash:
Write the following words on large index cards or on a transparency in random order: Depression, World War II, Rural Electricity, Warm Springs, Little White House, New Deal, Polio. (See Resources) Display words so that they grab the students attention. Tell them that today you will begin a study of a US President. Ask them to think about who the president is based on these words. When they name FDR, ask them to use these words to write sentences about FDR. Then have them access the following websites: - "Bio of Franklin D. Roosevelt"

The American Experience - The Presidents: "FDR"

FDR's Little White House

. . . and read about FDR. (They can also use books that are in your media center if you do not have access to the internet.) Once they have read. Have them tell you why these words are significant in the life of FDR.

Pairs Share:
Assign partners or allow students to self select a partner. Have one student to read the first paragraph of an article on FDR and tell his/her partner the key point. Have the second student read the second paragraph and tell his/her partner the key point. Rotate back and forth until article is complete. Then have the partners complete a graphic organizer (see "graphic organizer" .PDF link below). Have them put on index cards the questions that they have about FDR to ask the rangers during the field trip tour.

FDR Graphic Organizer


Museum Scavenger Hunt:
Give students a fact gathering sheet to use during the tour of the Museum (see "museum scavenger hunt" .PDF download link below). Have them complete as they tour. See who is the "FDR Expert" at the conclusion of the tour.



Have students put together a timeline of FDR's life. Encourage them to access the Little White House website - FDR's Little White House - to remind them of what they saw and learned during the trip. Use a rubric to assess learning. (see "rubric" .PDF download link below).

Research Project and Presentation Rubric

Birthday Ball:
Plan a "birthday ball" on FDR's birthday (or other date) to benefit a charity of the students' choice. Have students design the budget and invitation; the program to include entertainment for the event, and a way to measure the success of the event.

Radio Show:
Have students write and produce a radio talk show in which a host interviews FDR about the New Deal or they could reenact a "Fireside Chat". (For actual samples of Roosevelt's Fireside Chats visit: Fireside Chats of Franklin D. Roosevelt). Use a rubric to assess learning.

Research Project and Presentation Rubric


Georgia Learning Connections

Michigan Historical Society - "What Life Was Like During the Great Depresssion" - "A Walk Through History (Presidents)" - "Bio of Franklin D. Roosevelt" - "Roosevelt, Franklin Delano"

The American Experience - The Presidents: "FDR"

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Fireside Chats of Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR: The War President, 1940-1943. Kenneth Davis
Franklin D. Roosevelt, A Rendezvous with Destiny. Frank Freidel
The Coming of the New Deal- The Age of Roosevelt. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
FDR and His Enemies. Albert Fried
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Fireside Chats.
Splendid Deception. Hugh Gregory Gallagher
The Dying President- Franklin D. Roosevlet, 1944-45. Robert H. Ferrell
The Essential Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ed. John Gabriel Hunt

Famous Americans of the 20th Century- Franklin D. Roosevelt
D-Day Remembered
Camp Forgotten- the CCC in Michigan
Just Down the Road

Presidential Papers of FDR

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