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Shark Tank: Industrial Revolution

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Keywords: Social Studies, English, Technology
Subject(s): Art, Photography, Social Studies, Video, Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Writing, History, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 5 through 6
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Montrose Elementary School, S Charleston, WV
Planned By: Tiffany Pace
Original Author: Tiffany Pace, S Charleston
During our unit on the Industrial Revolution, students will read "Immigrant Kids." Using their ipads students will research the lives of immigrants kids paying particular attention to the working conditions immigrant children faced using sites such as https://sites.google.com/site/immigration327/working-conditions-for-immigrants. Students will receive a graphic organizer that helps them focus their research.

Next students will brainstorm, using another graphic organizer, to create a business invention that would have helped immigrant kids. Students will then create an imovie on their invention using photographs they have taken of their invention drawings as well as photographs from the Internet.

The imovies will be presented to a panel of "sharks" for review using the rubric of whether the invention is relevant to the problem, how the invention alleviates the problem, and accessibility of the materials to create the invention. Students who do not succeed in a successful acceptance of their inventions must review their invention ideas, make changes, and re-present their ideas to the teacher.

Once students have created successful business ideas they must make an advertisement for their inventions using the video component on their ipads. These commercials will be shown in class.

This project encompasses several curriculum standards for fifth grade in the areas of social studies and english language arts.
The materials I am requesting will all each student to have the maximum time allowed to research and create his/her presentation and commercial.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson incorporates several CSOs in social studies and English Language Arts. The same idea can be used with various topics discussed in social studies and science.
Follow-up activities can include a writing project on creating a super hero and super villan for the Industrial Revolution; making commercials for other topics covered in class; and relating the working conditions during the Industrial Revolution to working conditions in today's factories and businesses and looking at governmental agencies and laws that have been created as a result of injuries/deaths.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Bags and Cases
Other Items: 20 Ipad, $450.00 each, total of $9000.00
20 Ipad cases, $20.00 each, total of $400.00
20 headphones, $20.00 each, total of $400.00