Economic Spotter: Inventors and Entrepreneurs in the Industrial Age
Young scholars examine the relationship between inventors and industries. They analyze the life of Thomas Edison. They also identify characteristics that entrepreneurs possess.
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Building a Skyscraper
Creating buildings that reach hundreds of feet into the sky is no easy task. The third instructional activity in this series begins with four activities that engage young architects in exploring the major challenges that are faced when...
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents
3D printers, selfie sticks, smart watches. GPS, self-driving cars, YouTube. Imagine life without inventions. Believe it or not, these items were all invented in the last 10 years. Inventions, and the inventors responsible for them, are...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Building a Skyscraper
The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third lesson in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the main...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Idea Book – For Creating Lessons and Units About American Indians
Augment a unit on the traditions and legacies of Native Americans with an informational packet. With pages that detail the tribal origins of commonly used words, a list of ways that Native American customs influenced American democracy,...
2nd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy
What do a folding iron board, lawn sprinklers, and a device for oiling engines on trains all have in common? They were all invented by Elijah McCoy, an African American inventor with 57 patents to his credit. McCoy is the subject of a...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Power of Invention
Inspire innovation in young learners through a study of important inventions throughout history. The four-lesson unit includes four separate lessons with activities ranging from researching and describing the history of noteworthy...
5th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Beginning of Industrialization
Set the stage for early industrialization with a look at the work of Charles Dickens. After that the inventions, innovators, and changes in technology are clearly outlined. This presentation focuses on the start of the Revolution which...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Economics: Market Surveys
Send your enthusiastic entrepreneurs' career sense into motion with a business-minded lesson plan. They review and dissect business plans before applying their findings to their own business venture. Scholars then identify whether or not...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed