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Students complete vocabulary work based on the works of Mark Twain. In this vocabulary lesson plan, students label the parts of a steamboat and examine the use of river and steamboat jargon. They research the word meanings using Internet resources.
Second graders study Fulton and his Steamboat, the "Trail of Tears," the Oregon Trail, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Pony Express in this series of lessons.
Young scholars use the internet to research the advancements in transportation on rivers throughout 1800 and 1900. In groups, they use a picture to build their own model of a steamboat using everyday materials. To end the lesson, they use Crayola colors to decorate their boat.
Students examine how the Hudson River was important to the development of the United States. They examine the role of steamboats played in the development of the Hudson River Valley.
Students examine photographs and complete research on river transportation. They describe the beginnings and innovations of the steamboats. Students research the development of trade from the 1700s through the 1800s. They write a one to two-page essay on river transportation.
Students explore the transportation revolution brought about through the use of steam power to move boats over water. They practice note taking skills by taking notes from an article.
Learners discover how rivers inspire creative expression.  In this Mark Twain lesson, students list songs about rivers and discuss common characteristics. They locate the Mississippi River on a map and write a script in which a steamboat visits the town. Learners read Life on the Mississippi and discuss discuss the writing style of Mark Twain. 
Pupils build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They write a play about life aboard steamboats and perform for the school. Students visit historical sites related to this study. This is the 11th in a series of lessons.
Fifth graders examine significant events in Post-Civil War America. In this Post-Civil War lesson, 5th graders investigate the important events after the war in 19th century America. They read primary source documents about six topics which include steamboats, Erie Canal, railroad, and the Free Market system. They research the importance of inventions and innovations that came into being soon after the War and examine how life changed due to the Industrial Revolution.
Third graders describe some of the factors that brought early settlers to Ann Arbor. They read Narrative-A Trip from Utica, New York, to Ingham County, Michigan in 1838. As an added challenge, 3rd graders can use maps to track Silas Beebe's journey from Utica to Ingham County. Students should think about and write responses
In this science worksheet, students match each invention or device to its inventor listed on the right. There are 32 inventors listed and some may be used twice. Then they order the items in each group from oldest to newest and state the dates for each.
Fourth graders investigate Indiana transportation. In this transportation lesson students discover early forms of transportation such as railroads, rivers, boats, and roads. Students compare and contrast the different forms of transportation and locate them on maps. Students list why several routes of transportation were made.
Posing a question about the effects of American Industrialization, this presentation provides viewers with a comprehensive look at the 19th century. From the "Lowell Girls" to the Iron Horse, these slides would be an excellent supplement to your unit on the Industrial Revolution in America.
Designed to accompany a reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this packet includes before, during, and after reading activities. Individuals respond to questions about events in the story, match characters with quotes, and draft questions for characters. Although none of the activities are designed to address the controversies surrounding the novel, the packet could be used to assess reading comprehension.
Fourth graders describe how Michigan has changed and stayed the same over time. They explain reasons why people settled/settle in Michigan, then explain the role of geography on the settlement of Michigan.
In this inventions worksheet, students write the description and impact of 4 influential inventions. Students do this for the cotton gin, the reaper, the steamboat, and the steam locomotive.
Seventh graders study side-scan sonar and discover how it can be used to locate objects underwater. They complete a sonar simulation activity in which they create and map mystery landscapes inside shoeboxes.
Learners examine how steamships operate. They describe the necessary energy conversions. They construct a model paddlewheel ship. They use rubber bands as examples of potential and kinetic energy as they unwind and set the models in motion.
Young scholars examine the role of water in Alabama's history. They discover the geographical regions of the state and how dams change Alabama's rivers.
Students research energy conversions. In this energy lesson, students describe the basic operation of a steam engine.  They explain the energy conversions in the steam engine's operation. 

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