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Fun-Factory - NOT!
Young scholars design a solution to a problem based on the Industrial Revolution. In this design lesson plan, students come up with architectural designs and present them to teachers in a simulated factory.
Lowell and the Factory System
Students examine the efforts of early American manufacturers to implement the factory system on a large-scale in the town of Lowell, Massachusetts. They examine the idealistic goals of the industrialists who financed and built the Lowell mills.
Factory vs. Plantation in the North and South
Middle schoolers discuss and compare life in the South and life in the North during the American civil War. They compare factory management rules to plantation management rules during that period. A variety of assessment activities are completed.
The Industrial Age in America: Sweatshops, Steel Mills, and Factories
Eleventh graders discuss the working conditions that led to the Haymarket Affair, the Homestead Strike, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. They take a stand on sweatshops today, supported with evidence.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Farm or Factory
Students compare and contrast farm and factory products. In this farm and factory lesson, students listen to a SMART Board-supported lecture and then complete activities that require them differentiate between farm and factory products.
From the Farm to the Factory
Fifth graders listen and read letters written during the early part of the Industrial Revolution. They write letters that show understanding of the circumstances people faced in factories during this time period.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Study Questions & Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Students may check some of their answers online.
Comprehension: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If your class will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this guided reading worksheet may increase their comprehension. It asks them to re-read passages (provided) from the book and then answer numerous short answer questions. A nice series of activities!
The Toothpick Factory
Get your scholars ready to become employees at the Toothpick Factory. Small groups take on specific roles to practice working in a team with a common goal. They review an instruction sheet (included) before jumping into the production process with actual toothpicks and tools (scissors, a nail file, a ruler, and a pencil). Given a limited amount of time, each group meets specific orders with as much efficiency as possible. When time is up, use the provided prompts to facilitate discussion and have scholars fill out the soft skills survey to determine how they functioned as part of the team. What do the results reveal about their future career interests?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fourth graders read the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Reader's Circle, they also are writing a variety of pieces for the Writer's Workshop that is closely related to the novel. The quality and the quantity of work that students produce determines the students grades for this project.
Fire! The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Trial and It's Aftermath
Young scholars research, examine and are provided the opportunity to re-enact one of the most exciting trials of the 20th century, The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Trial. They research the history of the trial and then divide into groups to address labor relations, points the prosecutors and the defense will address and the legacy of the fire.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fourth graders read and take quizzes over the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Hollywood Magic-The Dream Factory Recreates the Novel
The Great Gatsby, The Jungle and study HRC's Teaching the American Twenties-The Dream Factory are the focus of this lesson, Your young scholars will rewrite a small scene from the novel into a dramatic film scene and then create a modern movie poster that demonstrates the plot, major themes and characters of the novel and the 1920's.
The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Let Pharady Enjoy Her Childhood
A thought-provoking lesson which will provide your 5th graders with a world view. Pupils discuss children's rights here in the US and around the world, and do some comparisons. They watch a video, embedded in the plan, that shows a young girl who is forced to work in terrible conditions in a developing country. Students discuss what they see, and are asked to write a letter to the owner of the brick factory (where the girl works), asking him to improve the conditions. This hard-hitting lesson has an excellent graphic organizer embedded in the plan that will help pupils organize and compose their letters.
Fred's Fun Factory
Round and round and round she goes. Where she stops, nobody knows. This activity uses a common arcade game of chance, the spinning wheel, as a platform for computing expected values, interpreting results, and applying this knowledge to make decisions. Some data is presented in tabular form, other data is in a histogram. Detailed solutions with commentary are included.
The Operating System of Life
How is a factory of robots similar to a cell? Examine cell structure, specialization, communication, replication, and more through the lens of a robot factory. Cell metaphors can be a fun concept as an assignment; after watching the video, challenge learners to come up with their own cell comparisons: a city, their house, the school, a company, etc. Give the class a list of cell structures that should be included in their metaphors, then have them draw their cell metaphors or create a flip book showing the structure in the cell and the comparable item and how the two are similar.
Frightening Factory Farms
Young scholars discuss existence of and conditions on factory farms, and identify alternatives to factory farms that provide sustainable solutions for food production and environmental safety.
Workers in Factories During the Gilded Age
Seventh graders experience what life was like in the factories during the Gilded Age. They explore the reasons behind the move for work place reforms during the Progressive Era. Students discuss the factors that led to work place reforms.