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Learners 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.
Students 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.
In this reading comprehension activity, students read a short passage about Eli Whitney, then answer 4 multiple choice questions. Answers are included.
Students explore agriculture by completing a worksheet in class. In this cotton industry instructional activity, students identify the use of the cotton gin and its impact on the economy and slavery. Students view images of the cotton gin on the Internet and complete a cotton gin worksheet.
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.
Fourth graders study Eli Whitney and the cotton gin. In this lesson 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.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
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.
This resource is rich with primary and secondary source material regarding major events in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. While there are suggested classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true value lies in the reproductions of such major historical documents as the United States Declaration of Independence, the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Use the sentence frames in the Classroom Guide as a solid framework for considering the theme of freedom and what it means to different individuals as you review the instructional materials.
Here is a terrific activity 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 activity has many terrific worksheets and an assessment embedded in it. A good learning experience for sure!
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? What traits does a person need? Find out as you and your class brainstorm along with this presentation. The traits of inventors, types of entrepreneurs, and their role in the economy are discussed. Great teacher notes and talking points abound. 
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.
Students investigate their own city's cultural past in New England. They
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.
Students 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.

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