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Having Fun in Hard Times - What Kids Did in the Depression



Having Fun in Hard Times - What Kids Did in the Depression
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     challenging words:    softball, paddle, mothers, bears, scraps, freezer, simple, skated, jobs, radio, handle, kids, fresh, meant, eggs, cloth
     content words:    Great Depression, Snow White, Lone Ranger, Green Hornet


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Having Fun in Hard Times - What Kids Did in the Depression
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     What if there were no TV? No video games? What would you do for fun? You might do some of the things kids in the 1930s did. This was a time many people had lost their jobs. Even those who had jobs had a hard time. This time was called the Great Depression.
 
2     Television was new at this time. The first TVs had one or two inch screens! They were very hard to see. Most people in the 1930s couldn't buy a TV anyway. They were too poor. There were no PCs or video games. So how did kids in the 1930s spend their time?
 
3     Many children had to work. Newsboys sold papers. Other kids picked fruit on big farms. Some sold things door-to-door. Most kids gave their money to their parents. It was needed to buy food.
 
4     Some kids could keep a little money to go to the movies. Then, a child's ticket cost ten cents. Snow White was one movie kids liked. It was the first cartoon movie ever made. It came out in 1937. The Wizard of Oz was another favorite.

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