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Students 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.
In these inventions worksheets, pupils read the time line about some inventions from the 1900's. Students use the time line to answer the 5 questions. Pupils then read the cover story, 'Who's News,' and 'Twister Strike to U.S.' to answer the 7 questions.
Students identify key American inventors and their contributions to modern day America. Students identify that many inventions arise from one invention. Students 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 this science and social studies worksheet, 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 activity. 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 activity.
In this mystery state learning exercise, 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.
Incandescent light bulbs were enlightening more than 130 years when Thomas Edison invented them. More recently, US Congress passed legislation to increase efficiency standards. Your 5th, 6th, or 7th graders will be enlightened as they dive into Common Core standards regarding percentages and equations for increased cost of efficiency. These complex processes are clearly explained by the step-by-step equation breakdown and model evaluation on the worksheets. 
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!
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!
Expose and introduce you young scholars to the importance of journaling with the ideas and plans in this resource.  The documents have thought through strategies on how to introduce journaling. Although a part of The Turn off the TV Challenge, the prompts available are well suited for student reflection on how much they use or are exposed to multimedia devices or electronic media. Included are 16 prompts, journal pages, rubrics, a self-assessment, and a tracking chart. 
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.
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.
The big question: How did Russo-Japanese War imagery and the press influence Japanese perception of the war? Learners consider this big question as they compare and contrast various artistic media from the period. The lesson is discussion-based and employs wood block images and streaming video of the Russo-Japanese War as the basis of comparative analysis. Streaming video and image links are included.
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.
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.

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