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Students analyze primary sources. In this historical analysis instructional activity, 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.
Sixth graders brainstorm ideas for new inventions. In this creating new inventions instructional activity, 6th graders break into teams and brainstorm ideas for a new invention or how to improve an existing invention. Students must use simple machines and geometric shapes for their invention.
Students consider the classification of people. In this race studies lesson, students examine the concept of race as it relates to U.S. history and trends. Students research racial discrimination and prejudice in order to support their position. Several video clips and U.S. Census information are linked to this lesson.
A lot has happened in the month of October in the past 100 years or so. Kids fill in the blank for 31 events, each of which occurred on a day in October. Each event can be found in a New York Times article from the past 100+ years. Pupils use the 31 events, names, and dates at the bottom of the page to finish each headline. This is a really cool exercise. How many can you complete?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.