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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.
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 doesn't make the same impact without them. From here, youngsters imagine being inventors themselves. This would be a neat lesson 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.
Young scholars 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 lesson, they discuss the positives and negatives of new 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.
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 explore the six simple machines that are the basis for all mechanical devices. For 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.
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.