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Invention convention
In this integrated unit, students will draw upon language arts, science, and math while inventing a magnetic or electric product. The lessons in this unit provide accommodations for English Language Learners at a variety of developmental levels.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
China's ancient engineers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.6
In this lesson for grade seven, students will learn about some of the inventions of ancient China, and will discuss the kinds of engineering skills required to produce them.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Meredith Ebert.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Week 6: Completing the invention
In Invention convention, page 16
In this Invention Convention lesson, students finish constructing their inventions.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Week 4: Name invention
In Invention convention, page 9
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will choose a creative and descriptive name for their inventions.
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Week 4: Writing “how-to” instructions
In Invention convention, page 11
In this Invention Convention lesson, students write instructions explaining how to use their inventions.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Week 5: Constructing the invention
In Invention convention, page 12
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will construct their inventions using the designs from their invention logs.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Week 3: Designing the invention on paper
In Invention convention, page 7
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will complete a rough draft drawing of their invention.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Development)
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Week 2: Selecting an invention
In Invention convention, page 6
In this Invention Convention lesson, the teacher will conference with each student to select the best invention to build. Students will consider the advantages and disadvantages of each of their invention ideas.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Australia
Learn more about the history, cultures, and geography of the “land down under” with this sampling of great educational resources found on LEARN NC.
Format: bibliography/help
Week 5: Conclusion paragraphs
In Invention convention, page 15
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will write convincing conclusions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Week 1: Invention boggle
In Invention convention, page 2
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will learn to think like scientists and see technological possibilities in common objects around them. Invention Boggle paves the way for students to become inventors and develop their own inventions.
Format: lesson plan
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Galileo Galilei
In The Walking Classroom, page 9
In this lesson for fifth grade language arts, students learn about Galileo Galilei's life and work.
Format: lesson plan
Week 5: Writing an engaging opening
In Invention convention, page 13
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will analyze slogans from famous inventions and identify a sound, ability, or description that is unique to their invention. They will use this information to write an engaging opening for their expository writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Briana Corke Pelton.
NASA spin-offs
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.7
NASA spin-offs are technologies and processes that were created by or for NASA but have been applied to everyday life. In this lesson for grade 6, students learn about NASA spin-offs and how they relate to various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Guidance)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Week 3: Estimating material cost
In Invention convention, page 8
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will compile a list of needed materials to create their inventions. They will also calculate the cost to build their invention using mental estimation, computation, and calculators.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Simplicity: A literature-based Paideia seminar
Students will apply their knowledge of how developments in the history of the United States, as well as the world, can impact the lives of people today. The lesson is based on the picture book entitled The Simple People, written by Tedd Arnold and illustrated by Andrew Shachat. (Summary: The simple people enjoy the simple life until one of the character's inventions is used to make life more complicated. As a result, everyone forgets the simple things in life.) After a Paideia seminar discussing the book, students will select a modern invention, research the history of its development and how it impacts society, and create a multi-media presentation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Krista Hannah.
Inventions in the tobacco industry
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.6
Several inventions made the tobacco industry so highly profitable in the late nineteenth century, including machines for tying strings on bags and for rolling cigarettes.
Format: bibliography
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
Drawings of cotton gin from Eli Whitney's patent application
Drawings of cotton gin from Eli Whitney's patent application
Format: image/diagram
The Bonsack machine
The Bonsack machine
Format: image/diagram