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Learners examine static and current electricity, and discuss what their lives would be like without electricity. They listen to a teacher-led lecture about electrons and atoms, and explore static electricity using a comb or a balloon and styrofoam pellets.
Learners identify key American inventors and their contributions to modern day America. Students identify that many inventions arise from one invention. Learners investigate why certain inventors are important to modern day America and sell them to their classmates through a project they will vote on in the end.
In these inventions worksheets, students read the time line about some inventions from the 1900's. Students use the time line to answer the 5 questions. Students then read the cover story, 'Who's News,' and 'Twister Strike to U.S.' to answer the 7 questions.
In this science and social studies learning exercise, students complete a survey about their interests. Students check each subject that they are interested in, such as killer whales, Thomas Edison, and magnets.
Students will examine Edison's application of electricity and the concept of the American Consumer Culture and what thay means. Students will evaluate how these ideas and concepts led to change.
The incorporation and industrialization of America is covered in this image-rich slide show. While text is limited, there is no shortage of great images showing the progression and causes of American Industrialization. Perfect accompaniment to a well-thought-out lecture.
Inventions are the focus of this interesting lesson. Pieces of paper are drawn from a hat; each one has the name of a common invention. Individuals research the origin and history of the invention, then present the invention to the class using the SmartBoard. A good, technology-rich lesson.
If you're looking for a comprehensive, engaging review of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, jam-packed with materials and activities, then you will definitely want to check out this resource.
In this mystery state instructional activity, students answer five clues to identify the state in question. They then locate that state on a map.
In collaborative groups, emerging engineers or environmental scientists plan and construct a water wheel or watermill that rotates for a total of three minutes. Everything you need to carry out this lesson is included: objectives, background information (both historical and scientific), and more! This, and other lessons by the same publisher are ideal for bringing STEM activities into your classroom.
Get up-close and personal with primary source documents and see the past like never before! Young historians have the unique opportunity to interact with documents from the United States National Archives as if they were in their very hands, and engage in activities that call for analysis, interpretation, and critical thinking. This is an essential app for any US history classroom!
What do you call someone who works in politics? Or comedy? Have learners practice the names of jobs and professions with a vocabulary learning exercise, which features a word bank to use for fill-in-the-blank activities. The learning exercise also includes a section on past tense verbs, and a table in which kids write verbs that follow certain grammar rules.
Is the death penalty constitutional? To prepare for a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) activity on this topic, partners brainstorm questions and read primary source documents to find answers to their questions. Groups are then assigned a position and argue for or against the legality of the death penalty. At the conclusion of the SAC, individuals craft their own position statement, supporting their argument with evidence drawn from the discussion and the source materials
In what year was the Declaration of Independence signed? When did Thomas Edison successfully test the first light bulb? After your young historians quiz themselves on questions like these, they will have the opportunity to learn more about important details surrounding these major historical events and add a new book to their app's digital library!
This is a standard multiple-choice assessment on the life and ideas of George Washington Carver. It includes 20 questions on topics covering information about his birth and education, major career moves, teaching principles, ethics, etc.
Not really just a lesson plan, but a series of activities, reading handouts, and teacher's guidelines for conducting a class mini unit on the battery. Physical scientists focus on the history of the cell battery, experiment with battery-powered circuits, and examine the benefits of using rechargeable versions such as the nickel-cadmium cell. This is a comprehensive package that you will appreciate having available for your upper-elementary and middle school science classes.
Life as we know it would not be possible without electric transformers, so there are fewer more pertinent topics for your eager young engineers. An astounding amount of background information is provided to help you develop a lecture on how transformers work, and also the instructions for building transformers in class are provided. Along the way, tips are included for keeping safety as a priority.
An average home produces twice as many emissions as an average car. Teach your class how to reduce energy consumption by replacing standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Perform an experiment to compare the energy efficiency of each, measuring the energy wasted in the form of heat. Use this experiment to teach conservation during Earth Day, or include in a science unit on different forms of energy.
Through this set of three lessons about Ellis Island, class members will learn about why immigrants came to the United States, find out about the difficulties that went along with coming to America, become familiar with the immigration process, and prepare oral histories of their own families or ancestors of another adult. Pair these informational lessons with The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff for a cross-curricular unit.
What does your class know about nouns? Help them practice with six related grammar practice exercises. The exercises focus heavily on the different types of nouns and ask pupils to identify and use specific types of nouns. Check out the useful chart with definitions and examples of common, proper, concrete, abstract, singular, plural, collective, compound, and possessive nouns to help learners with these exercises. Tip: Study nouns for an entire week by splitting up the worksheet.