The Industrial Revolution

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With our Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan, students will be able to list the factors that brought about the Industrial Revolution, including the positive and negative impact it had on America, as well as identify some of the inventions during the time period.  Implementing effective research strategies, students gather information and present their timelines to the class.  This lesson also engages critical thinking skills as students explore what it would be like to live during the Industrial Revolution.

Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about The Industrial Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution Timeline Activity
  • “How did these Industrial Revolution developments make life easier?” activity
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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With our Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan, students will be able to list the factors that brought about the Industrial Revolution, including the positive and negative impact it had on America, as well as identify some of the inventions during the time period.  Implementing effective research strategies, students gather information and present their timelines to the class.  This lesson also engages critical thinking skills as students explore what it would be like to live during the Industrial Revolution.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resource :

  1. Ask: How many of you have ever made a tool, your own clothing, soap, or other products that you use each day in your home? What changes in your life would you have to make if you had to start making your own clothing, soap, TVs, and other products?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Responses should include life would be harder, less free time, staying home more often, etc. Lead the discussion to the opposite of what happened during the Industrial Revolution.
  3. Distribute The Industrial Revolution content pages. Read and review with students, emphasizing the reasons for the Industrial Revolution, what prompted it, how it changed people’s lives, and the many new inventions and discoveries.
  4. Save the question, What invention during the Industrial Revolution are you most thankful? for the closing of the lesson.
  5. Distribute the Activity sheet and the supplies. You may decide to allow access to the Internet or other resources for students to choose three other years on the timeline, as well as gathering more information for the assigned years. (All given years are in the content pages.)
  6. Once completed, display the timelines in the classroom or other prominent areas.
  7. Stress to students to create a catchy title.
  8. Distribute the practice page either for in-class work or homework. Remind students to think through each of the discoveries and not just list what may have been given in the content.
  9. Tell students to put themselves in the shoes of people during the Industrial Revolution.

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Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

Want more social studies resources? Check out our other Social Studies Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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02/07/2019
Risa A.
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The Industrial Revolution

This was an excellent resource to supplement materials already being used in the classroom. I particularly appreciated the comprehension questions included with the packet.

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01/21/2018
Sam H.
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Industrial revolution

Great resource!