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Bundle of Invention, Inventors, and Events Research Projects - 2 Project Package

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I love it when students are actively taking a role in their education. These two projects have students in the forefront and allow students to get to pick when they think was important in the past instead of someone telling them what was important. One project is a presentation for the class to see, and one project is one that students can display.

Famous Inventors & Their Inventions Presentation
Here is an activity that will take a week for students to put together and then time for them to present the following week. I've always given my students five days of class time for research and finalizing their presentation. The following week we would spend no more than two days presenting.

As part of an Economics Unit, a history lesson on industrialization, a lesson for a reading class or as a way for an English teacher to incorporate research and speeches, this product could be used in many different disciplines.

Included in this package are:

1. A list of famous inventors and what they've invented
2. A set of questions for students to consider when researching from each of the seven branches of social studies (Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology)
3. Two different rubrics to choose from based on the needs and abilities of your students.

I've had a lot of fun with this one over the years so I hope that you and your students do too.

Check out some of my other research-related activities:

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The Cause & Effect of the Top 10 Greatest Events or Inventions from 1950-1999
As a way to help students understand the major events and inventions between 1950-1999 this is a fun way for them to investigate. Students will pick 10 events/inventions from 1950-1999 either from the lists provided or from their own knowledge. Students will then research using their library, the Internet, or their parents, grandparents, or other family members who lived during these times. Students will write what they believe was the cause, effect, and then justify why it made their Top 10 List.

Provided with this product are:

1. A set of directions that provides a basic outline
2. A Top 10 Chart
3. A vast selection of events/inventions for each decade
4. A writing example showing a good and not so good example
5. A grading rubric that is short and to the point

Be sure to check with your school library to see if they have a set of "Decades Discs" that were put out by the post office about 10 years ago. They are a good resource to use.

My students have enjoyed doing this activity too so I hope yours do as well!

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Cloze Style Quiz - The Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution
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