*Students will simulate a classroom
rationing program resembling an environment similar to the
coupon/stamp rations conducted during WWII. The simulation will last
3 days resulting in an observable outcome in relationship to the
coupon rationing system.
*Students will write 3 entries in their
response journals sharing reflecting on the 3 days
Bond paper for coupons
Rationing coupon suggestions: drinks of
water, pencil, art paper, playground equipment, graham crackers,
Colored bond for coupon cover
Graham Crackers (sugar & cinnamon are
*Social Studies Article, I Was There
(see Appendix 1)
Guest speaker knowledgeable about WW II and
the use of ration/coupon books
1. Read the social studies article I Was
There. Discuss as a class why the government created a rationing
system and offered the sale of war bonds.
2. Simulation. Using groups of 4-5
students, instruct them to brainstorm and generate a list of supplies
(pencils, paper, desks, chairs, drinking water, restroom visits, and
snacks) that would be required to maintain appropriate educational
and physical needs during a 3-day time frame for their group of 4.
Compile the class lists, generating a class wide consensus of needs.
Divide the needs into equal rations for 3 days. Eliminate the
unpractical and have each group take a specific need and create a
coupon to insert into the rationing book.
3. Publish and distribute. Gather produced
coupons and assemble into a booklet. Have students line up to receive
their coupon books. Students must record their student name and
number in order to receive their booklet. After all booklets are
passed out have students come together for a question and answer
period. During this time tell students that their booklet cannot be
transferred to another student, and coupons are only good for the
4. Response journal. Have students respond
to the feelings, attitude and happenings associated with the 3-day
classroom rationing system.
5. Guest speaker. Have a guest speaker come
to class on the third day as a culminating activity. Have students
preview questions for the guest speaker. Instruct the students and
the guest speaker to focus on WWII economics and the use of rationing
Have a wrap-it-up session where the class
meets together sharing insights of the previous days simulation.
Review supply needs, what was useful, what they needed more of and
how they could make the system better. Have the students turn in
their response journals with the 3 reflections entered. Make sure the
students are aware this is a journal response that will be read by
the teacher. See Appendix