These projects, focusing on different aspects of the Industrial Revolution, can be used with any curriculum and adapted to various grade levels:
Captains of Industry Activity: This activity contains short biographies of four influential Americans: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and J.P. Morgan. Fill out charts that explain how each man’s area of expertise contributed to America’s economic growth; their formative experiences, attitudes towards labor, and interactions with government.
Inventions Project and Presentation:Research an Industrial Revolution Era invention by answering a series of questions describing pertinent facts about the invention. Create a written or visual report. This project can be expanded into a group debate activity by having each person develop and present an argument explaining why their invention was the most influential. For help with structuring a persuasive argument around three main points, use this graphic organizer.
Webquest on Child Labor: This activity contains brief descriptions and links for researching what life was like for several types of child laborers: factory workers, miners, sea food and farm hands, and newsboys. Fill out worksheets answering questions such as where the children lived, how they dressed, good and bad things about their jobs, and what reforms were needed. For historic photos, visit The History Place's Child Labor in America.
Factory Life Comparison/Contrast: Find three pictures depicting factory life in the 19th century, and three pictures depicting factory life today. Make a slide presentation using Google Slides. On each slide, explain how factory life today is different than it was in the 19th century. If you’re in a homeschool co-op, this can be turned into a group project, with individual slideshows being shared, or everyone collaborating on the same slideshow.
This Industrial RevolutionCrashCourse video can be viewed as a TedEd lessonwith questions and discussion topics. Download a one-page worksheet to go along with the video.
Compare/Contrast Two Works of Art: Provides a chart with suggested things to look for, such as elements of art present in the work and mood of the work. Observations can be turned into short essays.
Learn About Linear Perspective: Use a drawing interactive to examine three paintings to look for perspective lines, vanishing point, and horizon line. Then click an empty room to try to apply the rules of perspective.
Visit Leonardo’s Workshop: Learn about simple machines; play a game in which you try to identify the machines in Leonardo’s sketches; make your own sketches of gadgets to show how they work. Learn more about the artist at Exploring Leonardo.
Show how one thing led to another with these free resources exploring the causes of the American Revolution:
Differing Points of View - Visit Project Look Sharp for an elementary teaching kit on the Causes of the American Revolution. For each cause, there's a downloadable teacher's guide and student worksheet, plus a list of supplementary resources. The materials include accounts of incidents from different viewpoints -- for example, a description of the Boston Massacre from both the colonist and British perspectives. Other lessons include analyzing a Phyllis Wheatley poem, and comparing two 18th century "George" portraits (George Washington and King George III).
Chain Reaction: Make various mini lapbooks and foldables for each cause using this Hands-On-History download. Includes instructions for: a Q & A flip book on taxes; Boston Tea Party step book; mini book of Paul Revere's ride; and other projects.
Download a Grade 4 reader on the American Revolution, with nine chapters. Download the accompanying Activity Book, with review questions, vocabulary, grammar, and writing activities.