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.
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 activity 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.
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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 lesson 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 lesson with fourth-fifth grades.
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.
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.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, learners are given an essay in which 6 paragraphs have been removed. Students are to choose from the sentences the one which fits each gap.
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 instructional activity 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 instructional activity, 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 students' 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.
High schoolers explore the Russian Revolution through dramatization. In this Russian Revolution lesson, students participate in drama workshops prior to writing and presenting one-act plays featuring figures of the revolution.
Students 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.
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!
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 instructional activity, students read train timetables and apply the information to answer math word problems. Students solve eight word problems.
Students demonstrate the Bernoulli Principle, review the influences that affected the Wright Brothers, and make and modify paper airplanes. This amazing lesson plan has an excellent structure, and very clear plans for the students to create their planes.
A wonderful and comprehensive look at the first Industrial Revolution. Starting with events, inventions, and changes in thought that occurred in the 1700's, the presentation moves through the technological advancements in industry and transportation that made the revolution possible. A very nice resource!