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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?
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.
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.
Students 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.
The Great Gatsby, The Jungle and study HRC's Teaching the American Twenties-The Dream Factory are the focus of this lesson, Your students 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.
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.
Middle schoolers determine how push/pull factors convinced Milton Hershey to build his chocolate factory in Derry Township. In this geography skills lesson, students complete an anticipation guide, read about push/pull factors, and discuss why Hershey built his factory in Derry Township.
What happens to seasonal manufacturing in the off-season? Scholars examine this peak production phenomenon and interview local businesspeople to learn more about the effects. Watch the five-minute video to introduce the lesson; it is a case study on a Peeps factory and exemplifies the concepts in a clear and concise way. There are discussion questions, background information, a printable interview guide, and innovative extension ideas included.