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Problem solving and creative thinking are top priority in an interesting lesson. Learners explore how they can think creatively to use four common objects in three different ways, they discuss senses and using senses differently to experience things. A full class discussion on the creative thinking process finishes off the lesson.
Students explore the process of inventing a new product. In this inventions instructional activity, students explore a timeline that gives a history on significant inventions from ancient times to the present. Students look at pictures of the inventions and discuss why it was created and what the inventor must have been thinking. Students read about kids as inventors on a website and work in small groups to come up with their own invention.
Research the interrelationship between math and science. Search the Internet to discover the history of several branches of mathematics and make text-to-world connections between the concepts covered in each branch with related scientific fields. Then complete a T-chart with information obtained from the research conducted.
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. What makes this lesson stand out is its emphasis on discussing the process of invention.
Students investigate the work of the Wright brothers. In this aviation history instructional activity, students watch "Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention," examine photographs and documents highlighting accomplishments of the men, and play a Jeopardy game based on the instructional activity.
Eighth graders research how science and technology have evolved by studying inventions. In this invention instructional activity, 8th graders discuss inventions and work in teams to create an innovation to present at the Invention Convention. Students research existing inventions and complete a related worksheet. Students craft a timeline of inventions, make a PowerPoint for their research, and given details of their invention.