Eli Whitney Teacher Resources
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Eli Whitney's Patent for the Cotton Gin
High schoolers review the U.S. patent laws by researching Eli Whitney's petition for a renewal on his cotton gin patent. They examine documents to assess the impact of the cotton gin, role-play the patent hearing and discuss the effects of inventions.
Cotton Production and Milling
Learners examine cotton production and milling. They compete in a hand-ginning contest to realize how difficult it was to separate the seeds from the fibers of cotton. They discuss why Eli Whitney's cotton gin was an important invention.
Reading Comprehension Quiz: Eli Whitney
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a short passage about Eli Whitney, then answer 4 multiple choice questions. Answers are included.
The Industrial Revolution: Matching
This online, interactive worksheet provides 21 matching questions about the industrial revolution. It covers people, events, inventions and more. Quiz-takers submit their answers and receive their score immediately.
The Impact of the Cotton Gin
Fourth graders study Eli Whitney and the cotton gin. In this instructional activity on the cotton gin, 4th graders use primary and secondary sources to gather information about Eli Whitney, the cotton gin that he invented and how it changed the south.
Technology: Mass Production and Standardization
Students explore standardization and mass production by creating verbal visual vocabulary tables. They discover how industrial inventions increase profits for businesses. Students create three-tiered definition concept trails using the words Eli Whitney, standardization, and mass production.
The Cotton Gin
Students are introduced to an early American inventor, Eli Whitney, and his experiences with the Patent Office. The economic importance of the cotton gin and its impact on slavery are also addressed.
Eleventh graders answer the question Why Westborough? Why did their town develop as it did, what types of industry were here and why. They are introduced to journal writing. Students free write about ideas that stand out from class. They research Eli Whitney and write down an epitaph for his gravestone.
: "Synthesizing Content on a Continuum" Activity: Developing Effective Communication
Students express their opinions on the danger from HIV. They study appropriate speaking techniques and become aware what it feels like to learn that they have been infected with an incurable, fatal disease. The share personal reflections about their feelings.
The Power of One
Students identify key American inventors and their contributions to modern day America. Students identify that many inventions arise from one invention. Students investigate why certain inventors are important to modern day America and sell them to their classmates through a project they will vote on in the end.
Here is a terrific lesson plan about the materials used to make everyday clothing items. Learners are divided up into groups, and each group is assigned an article of clothing to study. They must use the garment label to determine what the article of clothing is made from. They gather information about the materials used and make up a report, which is given to the class. This fine lesson plan has many terrific worksheets and an assessment embedded in it. A good learning experience for sure!
Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Plantation Life
What was plantation life like in the Deep South? If your pupils can recall a few tidbits from lecture, they're sure to win this fun review game. They answer 15 questions all related to southern life, plantation owners, and slavery.
New Haven Families: Artifacts and Attitudes, 1770s to 1890s
Students investigate their own city's cultural past in New England. They
Energy and Work: Transformation Through Engines
High schoolers conduct a webquest on an energy source they chose. In this physics lesson, students design an experiment to determine the factors affecting potential and kinetic energy. They calculate speed and create distance vs. time graphs.
Tenth graders identify causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution, analyze the benefits and negative consequences, describe the operation of British government, and identify British social and political reforms resulting from the Industrial Revolution.
Students explore the six simple machines that are the basis for all mechanical devices. In this physics lesson, students choose one simple machine to research and then find a complex machine it is apart of. Students examine Leonardo da Vinci's inventions and point out how he incorporated simple machines in his designs.
Red Dirt Groundbreakers
Discover Oklahoma's first farmers. Read about 14 different agriculture workers and their contribution to Oklahoma's farming. After reading, have your class complete several activities such as researching an agriculturist, writing a research paper, creating a wanted poster, and working on an Oklahoma map. Note: There are a variety of cross-curricular applications provided in this resource.
Piece by Piece
Students study quilts. In this history/geometry quilt lesson, students discover the history behind quilt making and get a chance to make quilt blocks of their own. They work independently to make a quilt block out of construction paper and one out of fabric. This lesson includes a vocabulary list, a language arts activity, and a printout with geometry shapes.
What fabrics are our clothes made of? Where do those fabrics from? Lead your pupils to discover the answers to these questions and more. Class members have a chance to play with various fabrics, invesitgating the materials and labels along the way. Ideas for language arts, social studies, science, and math are included as are several worksheets. There could be more detailed procedures that show just how each activity meets the abundance of standards listed on this plan.
Piece by Piece
What do your pupils know about quilting? Read and discuss the information included here before sending class members off to create their own quilt blocks using construction paper. When they have completed their blocks, provide some time for writing a story about the quilt. Individuals will learn about quilting and geometric shapes; however, they might not meet the lengthy list of standards that are detailed in the plan.