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- Arin C., Special Education Teacher
- Chelsea, MA
Machine and Forming Technology Teacher Resources
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Power generation and energy usage are the focus of a lesson on technology tradeoffs. Class members consider the positive and negative effects of such energy sources as diesel fuel and gasoline, and after considering the tradeoffs, take a stance on which they would choose and why. Attachments, rubrics, extensions and a bibliography are included.
Fourth graders study the role of technology in agriculture. In this agricultural technology lesson, 4th graders spend ten to twelve days studying how technology affects agriculture. Students also are made aware of different careers in the agriculture and biotechnology field.
Students create a simple machine that includes a cart and lever system that could have been used to build the ancient pyramids. In this simple machine lesson, students learn about the wheel and the axle as simple machines that help transport materials. They ultimately create a machine that would have helped build the ancient pyramids.
Sixth graders explore arts and crafts by analyzing machines. In this sewing lesson, 6th graders identify the different parts that make a sewing machine work and practice threading the machine. Students utilize a digital camera to share the different functions of the machine with their class and complete a stitching and sewing worksheet.
Students apply the mechanical advantages and problem-solving capabilities of six types of simple machines (wedge, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, pulley) as they discuss modern structures in the spirit of the engineers and builders of the great pyramids. While studying the steps of the engineering design process, students practice teamwork, creativity and problem solving.
With a digital camera in hand, pupils go on a hunt for an assigned simple machine. Each group of 3 will take a photo of a simple machine found on the school grounds. They will use their photos to create Trading Cards. When all the cards are printed, learners will engage in a Line Dance as a way to share the images they collected.
Students explore eight career and technical areas and make connections with business, family and consumers, and technology. They examine and describe how agriculture and natural resources impact our quality of life. They explore and identify emerging technologies and careers in agriculture.
Learners identify positive and negative impacts of technology. In this technological advancements lesson, students consider how toxic pollution affects the Earth and its inhabitants. Learners participate in 3 activities that allow them to investigate the perils of technology.
Fourth graders investigate how technology effected the American Indian tribes of Ohio. In this Native peoples research lesson, 4th graders work in groups to determine how technology helped extend the tribes abilities and spread their cultural beliefs. They complete a pre-test, participate in research, and take a post-assessment.