Lesson details


Social Studies

Visual & Performing Arts

English Language Arts



Domestic and Foreign Developments

Novice High-Creating Design

Reading - Informational Text


Develop design challenge

Industrial Revolution

Meaning and Context-Compare/contrast events in primary/secondary sources

Meaning and Context-Create presentations

Prototype materials, techniques, and processes

Recommended Technology: 

-Smart Board

Other instructional materials or notes: 

- 2D Design Board and 3D model examples from previous school year
- Display board (Tri-fold displays; one per group)
-Construction paper
-Craft tape
-Index cards
-Other materials borrowed from the visual art classroom


“Inspiring Inventions!” (Design)

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

This lesson falls into the second nine weeks of school, after the study of Westward Expansion. This design project will lead to a new unit that focuses on the Industrial Revolution.

Collaborating in small groups, students will research an inventor from the 1800’s using text features. They will decide on one invention to design from that inventor. Students will create a 2D and/or 3D design of that invention, practice, and present their designs during a Wax Museum morning at school for teachers and parents.

Essential Question: 

How can we use our design skills to show that the Industrial Revolution was furthered by new inventions and technologies?

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