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Industrial Revolution: Project Ideas and Resources
Category: Social Studies
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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.

Additional Resources:

This Industrial Revolution CrashCourse video can be viewed as a TedEd lesson with questions and discussion topics. Download a one-page worksheet to go along with the video.

Industrial Revolution OverviewLonger video with quiz at the end.

Victorian BritainChildren in factories.


 

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