12 Everyday Inventions and their African American Inventors - Language Edition
-Ideas to preview and extend the learning content
-Inventor info: Help your students build their background knowledge of 12 everyday items that were invented by African American men and women. Explore details of each invention in a passage following a similar format. For each invention, students will be able to reference the passage to write descriptions of the function, category, parts, and a fun fact. Finished papers can be used as visual support to then describe, compare, and contrast inventions.
Compare/Contrast: Students will describe inventions using the function, category, parts, inventor (plus add additional info) The text passages from the “background” section can be referenced for additional context and support. Student directions are written as first, next, last. Written template provided. Templates for chip/peanut butter and super soaker/lunchbox are provided, plus a blank to allow students to choose their own two inventions to compare/contrast.
-Venn diagram: Using the descriptive template, they will then compare and contrast the two structures using a Venn diagram
Vocabulary: Make a poster for a word wall using thematic vocabulary related to inventors. Some of the vocabulary is also included in the story, “Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?”.
Idioms: Learn, match, draw, write, & define common expressions as you celebrate 12 everyday items invented by African American men and women. Students will gain exposure to and experience with 36 themed idioms.
•LEARN – cards have idiom and meaning to provide exposure and teach meaning
•MATCH – match the idiom (lightbulb cards) to the correct meaning (larger cards with blank box)…can do as cut/paste or can laminate a set and students paperclip the matches together
•DRAW & WRITE – students use a template to draw a picture, write the definition, and create a meaningful sentence for each idiom (one idiom per page)
•DEFINE – students use idiom cards to quiz each other (can answer verbally or using the white board
Describing: Use a structured format to describe each of the 12 everyday inventions in this unit. The templates can also be used for other items students want to describe.
•Templates include brainstorming, sentence writing, and application to self.
Spinner game: attach paperclip with brad or use magnetic spinner on board or cookie sheet. Answer verbally or write in spaces.
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