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Economic Spotter: Resources During World War II
Source: Council for Economic Education (EconEdLink) | Type: Lesson

In World War II pennies were made of steel and zinc instead of copper and women were working at jobs that men had always been hired to do. Why? Because during war times, scarcity forces many things to change!




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Review from March 26, 2003
By: Amy B.
Thank you for this lesson. It will really help my fourth grade students better understand what life was like during the Depression. Thanks again!

Review from July 19, 2005
By: Joe
Wow! This is a great lesson! You people are wonderful. The insight you have in teaching online is marvelous. Thanks so much. I have come to appreciate a lot more now. You have provided economics in a very practical way. Thank you so much.

Review from June 7, 2006
By: Eileen Weigle
I understand that the gas rationing was really to save the tires on our cares. Apparently we had our rubber resources cut off quite a bit during WWII. I did not see any formation on that in this lesson.

Review from March 21, 2009
By: Jennifer M.
Thank you for this lesson. It was written in a clear and simple way, yet offered a true economic lesson and how WWII changed our country forever. Additionally, the links add to the lesson. Thank you for the clear and direct information.