This is a complete Scottish Storyline outline based on the book Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis.
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It is September 1892. It is only 10 months until the World’s Fair in Chicago. Plans have already begun to make a bigger, more amazing structure than Paris created with the Eiffel tower at the last World’s Fair. The Fair Board created a contest to see who could create the best, most impressive structure to wow the world. George Ferris was an engineer who entered the contest to see if his amazing structure could be featured at the World’s Fair. His plans were approved by the fair judges and he created the, now famous, Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World’s fair.
We will create characters and the site of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 as a setting to learn about opinion writing (best invention/first of the World’s Fair of 1893), the six simple machines, and the art, music and food of the late 1800s. Students will then enter the World’s Fair Structure Contest with their own rendition of a Ferris Wheel and be judged by the other class’ Fair Judges. They will get a 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes and Honorable mentions.
Students will organize the World’s Fair Opening by creating pamphlets for guests, opinion speeches for spectators, a Cafe’, replicas of inventions, Ferris Wheels and a Hall of Engineering with the Simple Machines projects displayed and signs made. The entire Storyline will take 10 weeks +.
2nd Grade Standards addressed:
Main Focus: Science - Engineering & Design and Opinion Writing
Scientific inquiry skills/Use of engineering and design
Geography (community: maps, tools, physical and human characteristics)
Social Sciences Analysis (connections between events, compare and contrast, evaluate issues/problems)
Informational Text: Key Ideas and Details
Asks and answers questions to demonstrate understanding of text
Identifies main idea(s) in a multi-paragraph text
Describes connections between events, ideas, and steps in technical procedures
Informational Text: Craft and Structure
Knows and uses text features (i.e., captions, bold print) to improve understanding of text
Identifies author’s purpose
Informational Text: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Explains how images (i.e., diagram, table) clarify text
Describes specific points the author makes
Compares and contrasts two texts on the same topic
Writes opinion text using the writing process.
Speaking & Listening:
Participates in collaborative conversations on topics and texts and follows rules for discussions (i.e. listening to others, speaking one at a time)
Produces complete sentences and expresses ideas clearly.