Lesson Plan Template
Cumberland River Valley Consortium
Teaching American History Grant
Era: 8: Great Depression Unit Name: Discovering Lesson Topic: Shortages /
and WWII (1929-1945) the Past with Activities and Meatless Tuesday
Projects from WWII Days
Sequence: # 2 of 6 Unit Author: Debbie Date Created: July 2004
TSW discover how families in America conserved food by having meatless meals during
TSW discover how families had to use ration stamps to buy food and how more than
money was needed to buy food.
Objective(s) – State Standards Addressed:
K.2.03 Understand fundamental economic concepts.
K.6.01 Recognize the impact of individual and group decisions on citizens and
K.6.02 Understanding how groups can impact change at the local, state, national, and
Discuss the four food groups. Ask the students to name their favorite foods, food groups,
and favorite meat. Discuss how during WWII people did everything that they could to
help the soldiers. Some food was scarce, so the government gave out stamps worth so
many points. You had to have money plus the number of points in stamps that were on
the item. You were given points each month depending on the size of your family. The
government also suggested doing without meat one day a week to save meat for the
soldiers. It was called “Meatless Tuesdays.”
The students will make and eat a Swiss Fondue recipe that was first tried during WWII as
a substitute for a meat dish. They were creative in their cooking.
Bacon fat was also returned to the butcher. The glycerin in the fat was used to make
explosives. You got extra ration points when you returned the bacon fat. Other rationed
items besides meat were butter, coffee, and sugar.
The students can ask their mom to send a copy of a family favorite “meatless dish” to
share with the class. The students could illustrate the recipe for a class cookbook.
Discuss how different life was during WWII. Everyone worked together. They even
sacrificed and substituted their food. They could not go to the store and buy anything
they wanted even if they had money.
Equipment, Materials, Sources:
Fondue recipe in American Kids in History
Photo copy of ration stamps
In the math center put a grocery store area with food cans and boxes with a price tag and
ration points. Use copies of War rations stamps for the students to trade with play money
to purchase their food.
Reflection on Lesson when Taught: