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Inventions and Inventors

Laurie Ayers
Beacon Learning Center (Bay District Schools)

Description

In this unit, students use a variety of references to read and organize information and demonstrate knowledge of selected significant people, their contributions to society, and ways the contributions impacted society. Contributions in the fields of communication and technology and significant scientific discoveries are explored. Timeline activities are included to promote understanding of order of events.

Questions

What is an invention?
Why invent?
How do inventions impact society?

Duration

The planned duration of this activity is 11 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Diagnostic (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Summative Assessment 1 (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Summative Assessment 2 (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Summative Assessment 3 (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Unit Attachment (PDF)†††††File Extension:††pdf

Lesson Plans

Mind Over Matter
Mind Over Matter is for Day 2 of the unit Inventions and Inventors. Students use their minds to create new devices out of everyday objects (matter). An introduction to unit vocabulary words and their meanings follows.

Inside Information
This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit Inventions and Inventors. Students use a variety of references and write to inform as they explore significant inventors and inventions and the impact of the inventions in the field of communication.

In Line With Time
This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit Inventions and Inventors. Students participate in constructing timelines of significant contributions in the field of communication. Class interaction follows to provide practice in interpreting the order of events.

Imagine That
Information dangles from the ceiling! Thatís the effect when students gather information using a variety of references and create mobiles of inventions or scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 5 of the unit Inventions and Inventors.

Timeline Shuffle
Itís a lineup! Students become actively involved in creating a timeline of significant technology achievements and scientific discoveries. This lesson is for Day 6 of the unit Inventions and Inventors.

Rise and Review
This lesson is for Days 7 and 8 of the unit Inventions and Inventors. Students work in small groups to brainstorm responses to teacher posed questions as a means of review and present their Interview Projects.

Back Up
This lesson is for Day 10 of the unit Inventions and Inventors. Students have fun participating in a review game by identifying significant people who have made contributions in the fields of communication, technology, and science.

Web Links

A museum is broken into and students learn about inventions and inventors in the field of communication and the impact of the inventions to help Max & Mavis, student detectives solve the case.
Max & Mavis & the Case of the Missing Inventors. Part 1

A museum is broken into and students learn about inventions and inventors in the field of technology and the impact of the inventions to help Max & Mavis, student detectives, solve the case.
Max & Mavis & the Case of the Missing Inventors. Part 2

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