TITLE: Rosie Riveter's Recipes
5th through 8th grade
Demonstrate concept of supply and demand on consumers during wartime in a free
Social Studies TEKS Addressed
(5.13) Economics. The student understands the impact of supply and demand on consumers and
producers in a free enterprise system. The student is expected to:
(A) explain how supply and demand affects consumers in the United States; and
(B) evaluate the effects of supply and demand on business, industry, and agriculture,
including the plantation system, in the United States.
- Ben's Story
- Houston, Gloria. But No Candy. New York: Philonnel Books, 1992
- Read "Ben's Story".
Discuss what life would be like without some of the everyday things we take for granted.
- Have students research the definition of "rations". Make a list of
the items rationed during the war. Create a timeline to show when the items became scarce.
- Have students brainstorm how rationing would affect them today. Then have them
complete a creative writing assignment entitled: A Day Without ______. (for example:
"A Day Without Sugar", "A Day Without Chocolate", "A Day Without
Gas", or "A Day Without Rubber"). In this writing assignment students will
describe how a day without the item might impact them throughout the day. Homework
assignment: Collect family recipes from the WW II time period that reflect
substitutions as a result of rationing or have students create their own recipes that
include substituted ingredients. Have students input these recipes on the recipe cards.
WW II recipe book showing substitutions made due to rationing.
Create an advertisement for your rationing product that encourages people to use your
product and at the same time help their country.