Age of Steam Teacher Resources
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Students explore the transportation revolution brought about through the use of steam power to move boats over water. They practice note taking skills by taking notes from an article.
If ever a person wanted to know about the start, spread, and effects of the Industrial Revolution now would be the time to ask. Answer questions regarding facets of the Industrial revolution in slide show format. Each slide contains amazing information, images, and review questions. There is enough information here to teach an entire unit!
Engineers construct a steam-powered turbine as a demonstration of geothermal energy in action!
How has England changed? Are the streets the same today as they were in the time of the Tudors? Fourth year students compare and contrast the Victorian & Tudor streets to the streets of today. They research biographical information on Mary Seacole and Isambard Kingdom Brunel and discuss how they changed Britain. The lesson plan provides teaching suggestions for both online and computer-free learning.
Students examine different types of boats. In this river boats lesson, students examine canoes, steam powered paddleboats, clippers, barges, lakers, and ocean freighters. Students work in groups to create their own cargo boats.
Eighth graders identify the major advancements that have been made in transportation throughout U.S. history (waterways, horses, steam power, railroads, automobiles, etc.) They access websites imbedded in this plan and answer questions about transportation.
Creating buildings that reach hundreds of feet into the sky is no easy task. The third lesson in this series begins with four activities that engage young architects in exploring the major challenges that are faced when designing and building skyscrapers. The class then looks at a picture of a skyscraper taken during construction as they learn about the different structural components of these enormous buildings. Depending on the age of the students, supplement this lesson with a discussion about the different technologies that made the construction of skyscraper possible. This would be a great lesson to include in a social studies unit on industrialization during the mid to late 19th century.
The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third lesson in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the main structural components of these massive buildings. With this new knowledge, young architects then work in small groups reading through primary source documents from the construction of the Empire State Building, answering a series of questions in order to develop a clear understanding of the process involved in building structures of this magnitude. This is a great lesson that demonstrates the impact of the industrial revolution on the growth of American urban centers.
After reading a brief overview of automobile history and introduction to energy and motion, automotive engineering teams plan, construct, test, and evaluate a rubber-band-powered car. This manipulative experience can enrich understanding of kinetic and potential energy, so consider using the instructional activity in a physical science class or, as intended, an engineering class. The fine motor skills required for making the cars are beyond early elementary engineers, and the concepts are most likely beneath middle schoolers, so look to using this instructional activity with fourth-fifth grades.
What really constitutes nationalism? The video's narrator reviews this concept in detail and covers a range of topics in the nineteenth century, from the creation of the Ottoman Empire to the Opium Wars of the mid-1800s. He spends great deal of time focusing on Japan as a case study, including information on the daimyo, the restoration of the imperial throne, and the country's rise as a modern nation-state.
With Earth Day quickly approaching, as well as many science fairs, why not challenge your class to investigate geothermal energy or other renewable energy resources? There are five driving questions explored in depth here, as well as four other questions provided for project ideas. By designing their own investigations and projects, groups learn to work well together and will have an opportunity to share what they've learned with others. The project ideas range in difficulty, making differentiation simple.
Use the accompanying presentation and colorful technology sheets to introduce your class to the 10 different energy technologies. Connect kids to an interactive computer tool that allows them to combine different types of power generation and find out how it will affect emissions and costs. A great way to address Next Generation Science Standards HS-ETS1-1 and HS-ETS1-4.
The digital era has had a remarkable impact on all forms of communication, including news media, and it's important for high schoolers to consider these changes. With this resource, journalism, US history, or sociology classes can learn about the history of news dissemination, analyze the main developments over time, explain the impact of these changes, and predict future events. The well-constructed lesson from a reputable source includes all of the necessary materials or provides the required links. The standards are outlined throughout. While the overview indicates that this is a two-day lesson, you may want to plan for longer.
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! Find out what drives a turbine to generate electricity and whether or not it has an impact on the environment. A discussion and lecture is divided by a hands-on activity in which teams turn pinwheels with wind (their own breath) and steam. Presentation slides are included to help explain concepts. This lesson is third in a series of three on how power plants work, but it could easily stand alone.
First of three lessons, this is a great start to a unit on energy. As you demonstrate, learners discover different types of energy and how it is converted from one form to another. They then focus in on the generation of electricity by hydropower, build a turbine, and use the turbine to lift a washer. Use some of the additional resources as reading for homework to strengthen learners' scientific literacy.
In this second of three lessons on power plants, future engineers find out how we generate electricity and how coal-powered plants operate. They work in small groups to make electromagnet generators to light LED bulbs. A set of PowerPoint slides supports the pre-activity and post-activity discussions.
Flashback to the time just before the turn of the century. The industrial revolution was in full swing, but why? Investigate key innovations and inventions that made it all possible. Covered are things like, steel, steam, oil, railroads, cars, communication, and airplanes. Tip: Have learners investigate the impact of each invention.
Learners watch videos about various modes of transportation, they examine the energy transformations that occur in each, and they be introduced to the laws of thermodynamics.
Hang a soda can from a string and watch it spin by the force created by water streaming out of slanted holes. This plan provides background information, detailed materials and procedures, discussion questions, a lab worksheet, and extensions. Six pages give you everything you need to teach the concepts of Newton's third law of motion to your physics fanatics!
In this right place, right time worksheet, students read train timetables and apply the information to answer math word problems. Students solve eight word problems.