Industrial Revolution Building Block Lesson & Presentation
This dynamic, hands-on lesson has students creating "building blocks" to simulate the factory-like production that symbolizes the Industrial Revolution. Perfect for your kinesthetic and visual learners, students follow along with a PowerPoint presentation on the reasons why the I.R. began in England and its important early characteristics. Your classroom becomes a block factory as students take notes on the outside of the blocks, then fold and paste them into cubes.
After the blocks are created, I have the students use them as large dice to quiz each other about the different characteristics of the Industrial Revolution.
As an added bonus activity, a 2 page worksheet on the important inventions of the Industrial Revolution is included as well. For this activity, students must complete a chart that includes inventions, inventors, what the invention did, and a picture. As a culminating activity, students write a paragraph on which invention they feel had the biggest impact on today. Note: the directions for this activity correspond to the World History: Patterns of Interaction text but can be edited to suite any textbook.
This lesson also pairs very well with the Industrial Revolution Child Labor Story
Worksheet for an extension or homework assignment.
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