One of the online complements to The Dust Bowl produced by Ken Burns is an interactive story about the dust bowl. The Interactive Dust Bowl is a series of video clips and scenarios for students to work through. After each video clip students have to make a decision to either keep farming or move onto something else. The point of the activity is to help students understand the causes of the dust bowl and the mistakes made that contributed to its continuation.
Applications for Education
Working through the Interactive Dust Bowl could be a good way for middle school students to understand the myriad of factors contributing to the dust bowl. The interactive activity is also good for helping students understand the effects of the dust bowl on farmers and their families.