How Niagara Falls Helped Light America!
Historical Context: 1901 - Buffalo Pan Am Exposition. Students will learn how hydroelectric power generated from Niagara Falls amazed America when Buffalo was the "City of Light" and center of America's progress in electricity.
This product is a 30 page document that includes:
8 handouts - ready to print
4 pages of detailed lesson plans
16 original photographs free to use, even commercially
Time frame: 3 lessons – In this three day lesson, the students will complete a close reading activity on a piece of informational text to learn about the history of hydroelectric power. They will use the information from this article to form an opinion defending the industrialist or preservationist during this time. Then, they will complete a virtual field trip on iPads, where they will observe and study different locations that were essential in hydroelectric power. Finally, their assessment with be a writing activity of their choice.
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies, Science
Students will have the opportunity to work cooperatively to answer "right there" and inferential questions based on a piece of informational text. Use iPads to explore Niagara Falls in 1901 utilizing a QR Code activity, and complete a RAFT writing task of their choice for assessment. Photographs are original, taken July 2015 that can be uploaded into a PowerPoint presentation to enhance lesson.