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You, Too, Can Be an Inventor!
Fourth graders study inventors and inventions, and how they change the world. They research an inventor and create a slideshow describes the person's attributes. They use their own creativity to design an invention which they promote in a brochure.
Students identify particular 19th Century invention/inventor in the 19th century that is of interest to them, conduct research on that person and his/her invention, and prepare report of findings in form of paper, Powerpoint presentation, or other technology.
Feel Empowered! Teaching About Female Inventors
Inspire children to learn and create by teaching the history of female inventors during National Inventors Month.
Scientists and Inventors
Students explore human discovery by reading historical stories in class. In this inventors lesson, students define the terms scientist, invention, inventor and discovery before discussing the many differences between them. Students read stories about Benjamin Franklin and George Washington Carver, completing a worksheet about the two after.
Seventh graders research a famous invention or inventor using NebraskAcess databases. They distinguish between the differences of a database and a web site. Students determine how to evaluate the information found on various web sites. They select an invention or inventor, take notes, write a written report and create a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the background of their inventor.
Inventions 2: The Impact
Tomorrow's engineers visit an intriguing website about inventions that have changed the way we live. Biographies of child inventors on the suggested website aren't easy to find, so make sure to find some stories to share in place of them. The lesson plan doesn't make the same impact without them. From here, youngsters imagine being inventors themselves. This would be a neat lesson plan to use at the beginning of an engineering class or a unit on technology.
Students study invention steps and design their own invention. In this invention lesson, students discuss inventions and the process of inventing. Studnets write in an inventor's journal and study various types of inventions. Students study the invention process and complete worksheets for a lift structure and robot effector.
Who Gets to Invent and How Do Inventors Change Our Lives?
Students examine the way various inventions have changed their lives. As a class, they create a timeline of the most important inventions during their lifetime and another timeline of how old they were when it was invented. Individually, they use the internet to research one inventor and write their own biography of him or her. To end the instructional activity, they discuss the positives and negatives of new inventions.
Inventors & Their Inventions
Students complete a unit on inventors and inventions. They explore various websites, outline the components in the invention cycle, develop a table of Renaissance inventions, create a poster, prepare an interview with a famous inventor, and develop a table of female inventors and their inventions.
How Inventive Are You?
Students explore inventing. In this historical inventions lesson plan, students research inventions of the past and their inventors. Students also examine the inventive process and use problem solving skills to create original inventions.
Students are be able to analyze primary sources for evidence of Inventors and Inventions from the turn of the 20th century. They identify how these inventions impact their lives today.
Inventions Change the World: The Enigma Machine
Third graders explore WWII by analyzing technological advances. In this invention lesson plan, 3rd graders discuss the use of the Enigma machine which decoded private German messages that communicated with U-boats. Students utilize a timeline to describe how the Enigma machine helped end WWII.
Students consider the qualities that inventors possess and explore the history and uncertain future of U.S. innovation by reading and discussing the article "Are U.S. Innovators Losing Their Competitive Edge?"
Calling All Inventors: Celebrate National Inventors Month
Start off the school year by engaging learners in a creative study of inventors and their inventions.
Invent a Machine
Students invent labor-saving machines. They problem solve design, construction, and reliability of their devices.
How to Inspire the Young Inventors in Your Classroom
Learning about inventing and innovation can be exciting and empowering for all students.
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.
Inventors & Trailblazers
Students are introduced to a groups of African American inventors. In groups, they research the role of each person in improving different industries. They also examine the barriers African Americans faced from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. To end the lesson, they share their information with the class.
RISE AND REVIEW
Pupils work in small groups to brainstorm responses to teacher posed questions as a means of review and present their Interview Projects. They present certain inventions, inventors, and scientific discoveries.
The Second Industrial Revolution: Inventions and Innovations that Changed the World
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.