Background Research for:
Rocket Boys: A Memoir By: Homer Hickam
Homer Hickam was born
Use the free online Wikipedia Encyclopedia to answer the following questions:
Search Term: World War I
Search Term: World War II
Based on your previous reading, answer the following questions:
Search Term: Space Race
Search Term: Wernher von Braun
Life in the Fifties: From transistor radios to ipods
Investigate this site created by The Kingwood College Library to answer the following questions:
American Cultural History - http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/decade50.html#events
3. How much did a loaf of bread cost?
In this article, click on to the Television Link –
Explore the various hyperlinks –
1. What television shows were popular then?
2. What two types of broadcast was introduced that helped Americans learn about
Investigate this website below about family life in the 1950’s:
1. What are three differences about family lifestyle in the 1950’s compared to 2006?
2. What “jobs” could a woman have?
3. How were most homes heated?
Investigate the website below to answer the questions about fashion from the 1950’s:
Fashion of the Fifties - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fashion/fashion-ws.htm
1. What type of shoe did people wear for athletics?
2. What type of haircut did Lucille Ball wear?
Investigate the website below to answer the questions about music from the 1950’s:
Music of the Fifties - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/music.htm
1. What type of music started in the 50’s?
2. Name some of the singers listed.
Investigate the website below to answer the questions about automobiles from the 1950’s:
1. Look at the bumpers of the cars in the fifties. What are they made of?
Created For: Mrs. Lowden
By: A. Martinez and R. Wagner
Date: October 2006
Posted LD- 10/06