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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.
Help your learners understand the impact of the industrial revolution and mass immigration during the late 1800s. Images, cartoons, and excellent informational text provide insights into issues of the time. Travel conditions, tenements, working conditions, and treatment of this countries new arrivals are all covered.
Young scholars explore what life was like during the Industrial Revolution. In this United States History lesson plan, students analyze a specific job then complete a webquest about that job. Once their research is complete, young scholars work in groups to discuss their findings and develop an opinion about which job they think was the worst.
Young historians will explore the complex causes and effects of industrialization in China by perusing the numerous articles included in this webpage. Throughout the resource, there are many writing and discussion prompts to help direct and focus your class in their thinking. Ultimately, use these articles to foster a class debate on the countries' industrialization process. Because of the themes it explores, this lesson would go well with a unit on the American Industrial Revolution.
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!
Upper graders explore the new industrial revolution and how the tech boom in recent years is similar and different to the Industrial Revolution of the past. They watch a video, explore web sites, and discuss what they see. They work together to manufacture their own product using technological tools.
Eighth graders examine the reasons for the growth of cities in North American. Using the internet, they research the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution and determine if the growth of cities is a sign of progress. They analyze the idea of Manifest Destiny and the machines that changed society in a political and personal way.
Fifth graders research topic of child labor by studying Industrial Revolution, read about child labor laws, and examine countries where child labor still exists today. They then choose single question to research from list, and create Hyperstudio presentation to be combined with those of classmates for one class presentation on child labor.
Students investigate women's rights by discussing their occupations during the industrial revolution. In this U.S. History lesson, students examine the diaries and photographs of young women in the 1800's and discuss the hardships they had to face. Students write a letter to a fictional woman of the time period explaining who they are.
Students learn about inventions of the Industrial Revolution and their impact on life. In this Industrial Revolution lesson plan, students look at how the Industrial Revolution changed the work experience from farms to factories. They tell about three inventors and their inventions, and how the lives of woman and their families changed.
Sixth graders consider how inventions fueled change. In this Industrial Revolution lesson, 6th graders view a PowerPoint presentation that feature technological innovations that made it possible to create goods in factories. Students then examine inventions of the time period and determine what their uses were. The PowerPoint presentation is not included.
Sixth graders examine historical artifacts. In this Industrial Revolution instructional activity, 6th graders discover how modern conveniences are connected to innovations of the Industrial Revolution era. Students interview adults about technological advancements as well.
Eighth graders take a closer look at the lives of children during the Industrial Revolution. In this Industrialization lesson, 8th graders examine images of children at work in factories and read "Looking for Work'" and "Factory Girl." Students discuss child labor during the era and today prior to writing personal reflections.
Tenth graders examine the rise of factories. In this Industrial Revolution instructional activity, 10th graders research the growth of factories during the era. Students discuss the effects of factories on the industries, cities, environment, and people. Students write essays regarding the rise of factories.