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A Call to Invention: DIY Speaker Edition
What if I said that you can build a homemade speaker out of a potato chip? Bestselling author and do-it-yourself expert William Gurstelle shows you how in his brief presentation at TEDYouth 2012. He encourages young people to be creative and explore science through invention.
7 mins 4th - 12th Science 12 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Inventions Over Time
Explore the inventions of the past with a project on ancient tools. After reading an article about hunting during the Archaic period, the Late Prehistoric period, and the Historic period, kids fill in a cause-and-effect chart about the ways hunting inventions helped ancient civilizations to develop.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Power of Invention
Inspire innovation in your young learners through a study of important inventions throughout history. This unit includes four separate lessons, with activities ranging from researching and describing the history of noteworthy inventions to devising solutions by designing an original invention.
4th - 9th Language Arts 48 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Young scholars explore invention and unveiling of world's first Ferris wheel, analyze photographs and poster of first Ferris wheel, and discuss engineering achievements of Ferris wheel, including how it worked, how it was built, and its immense size.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History 28 Views 84 Downloads
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 doesn't make the same impact without them.
4th - 6th Science 12 Views 23 Downloads
Invention for Sale!
Fourth graders plan how to sell and market their group's new invention. In this marketing lesson plan, 4th graders plan how to sell their group's idea for a new invention. Each group has a choice between three creative ways to present their idea.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 29 Downloads
Use this lesson to discuss inventions that have changed your class's world and have impacted society. Middle schoolers investigate important inventions of their time and design an invention in a simulated business atmosphere. Modify this lesson to reflect the writing unit you are currently working on.
6th - 12th Language Arts 16 Views 79 Downloads
The Growth of America's Production System
Students, assessing a variety of sources, explore the growth of inventions that were brought about by the Industrial Revolution. They analyze labor practices and philosophies within the history of the United States. A timeline is set in place to evaluate the evolution of America's production system from the Industrial Revolution through today.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 21 Views 117 Downloads
Papyrus to PDA
What a great project. Graphic arts students consider the social, political, and economic impact made by a chosen invention. They build an argument to substantiate their reasons for choosing said invention. They create an oral presentation supported by visual media to inform and persuade their peers in seeing their point of view.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 7 Downloads
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.
4th - 9th Math 19 Views 77 Downloads
Inventions to Solve Problems
Challenge your class with this lesson on simple machines. Using a dowel rod, learners explore the invention process. They figure out original ideas for use of the dowel rod, come up with their own invention, and think through the scientific and creative process of an inventor.
5th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
Tools, Technologies and Inventions through the years
5th graders will gain an understanding of how, what, and why people invent tools. This PowerPoint provides a complete description of what tools are, types of tools, why we make tools and what impact they have had on society. There are many examples of types of tools, discussion questions, an overview of tools throughout time, a well-organized essay assignment, and web links.
5th Social Studies & History 7 Views 62 Downloads
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.
3rd - 4th Social Studies & History 8 Views 39 Downloads
Students examine the drawings of Leonardo daVinci's flying machines and discuss whtne they were conceptualized and how they are similar to day's flight vehicles. They collect recyclables such as wood and foam trays and create an invention made from the recycled items.
1st - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Learners read and analyze original telegrams to learn about people involved in and process of building the world's first Ferris wheel, examine correspondence between inventor and engineer to understand planning necessary to build Ferris wheel, and compare and contrast communication technology of 1890s to communication today.
4th - 8th Technology & Engineering 13 Views 24 Downloads