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Third graders study inventions with the story of Thomas Alva Edison. Using the social studies textbook, the students study inventions and the people who made them. An extension of the invention study will take place in the library, using a variety of sources to gather information.
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. Great resource!
Students describe the role of public relations in the history of the American Presidency. They evaluate the public relations campaigns of different Presidents. Students identify an event in the history of the American presidency.
An amazing, thoughtful, and introspective activity awaits your art class. They listen to an interview with incarcerated prisoners to better understand the prison system and its effects on family life. They create collages related to the key issues and root causes of incarceration, as well as the power of oral history. They analyze the concept of a social community by discussing Chagall's "I and the Village." 
Students research the history of the Oregon Trail and role play to invent objects needed by immigrants in the 1850’s. In this American history and technology lesson, students read the book Bound for Oregon and complete invention handout activities for the chapters. Students research the inventions of the time and assign them a spot on a timeline. Students create their own invention to help pioneers and try to sell the invention to pi
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 lesson, they discuss the positives and negatives of new inventions.
Explore life in the Great Plains with this thorough US history lesson. After brainstorming some important inventions in farming, pupils answer several questions about pioneers in a group research project. Several links to sites and videos can assist them in this project, which culminates with each group creating their own PowerPoint. The lesson includes a rubric, and steps for remediation if necessary.
Students analyze primary sources. For this historical analysis lesson, students will closely examine the household objects that most impact their lives. Students will use research, analysis, and class discussion to draw parallels between the inventions of the past and the objects around us everyday.
Learners 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.
Students explore inventing. In this historical inventions lesson, 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 examine the contributions of entrepreneurs from United States history. They read a biography of an American entrepreneur, and in small groups design and present a project related to their selected entrepreneur. As a culminating activity, students write an essay describing the characteristics of entrepreneurs from the past that would still be successful in the 21st century.
Seventh graders realize the importance of inventions. In this Chinese inventions lesson plan, 7th graders identify important Chinese inventions recognizing time differences in Chinese and Western inventions. Students research and report on Chinese inventions.
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a timeline of Dr. King's life, create a travel brochure for the King Center, design a commercial starring Jesse Owens, design a baseball card for Jackie Robinson, and create a poster illustrating an African American woman's accomplishments.
Students discover how influential the Chinese were in many things that affect their every day lives. In this Chinese inventions lesson plan, students gain an understanding of the influence of the Chinese as they conduct research in order to compose an essay and present their findings to their peers.
Students study Benjamin Franklin including who he was, what he invented and his experiment.  In this inventive lesson students follow the steps of Ben Franklin and build a Leyden jar.
In these English lesson plans, students use video, the Internet and non-fiction essays to research the history of the English language. They write a short research paper and design a PowerPoint presentation showcasing their findings.
Third graders explore WWII by analyzing technological advances. In this invention lesson, 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 examine the role of water in Alabama's history. They discover the geographical regions of the state and how dams change Alabama's rivers.
Fourth graders discover the impact of Chinese inventions on America’s inventions. In this Chinese inventions lesson plan, 4th graders recognize the important inventions from the Chinese Golden Age as they compare and contrast timelines from Chinese inventions to U.S. inventions.
Students study the invention of the parachute and how Leonardo da Vinci came up with the design.  In this aerodynamics lesson students test the properties that make parachutes more efficient.