Fifth Grade History Fair: The Industrial Revolution and Its Famous Inventions

“Dynamite for sale! Makes coal mining easier. No more digging!” 

“Telegraph machine: 40 percent off! Letters take weeks to send; a telegram takes seconds!”

These were just a few of the creative headlines JHCA fifth-graders wrote for the annual History Fair, which featured advertisements “selling” popular inventions from the first and second waves of the Industrial Revolution in Europe. 

Students were randomly assigned an invention from the Industrial Revolution to research using best research practices and reliable sources. Then, they created an informed advertisement poster and "ad pitch" selling their assigned invention, which they presented to parents and fellow students this past Monday. 
Mrs. Rudolph, fifth-grade teacher, said students studied the influence of their inventions on society. “This research not only supported what they learned in class about the social changes during the Industrial Revolution, but also what they will learn in a future unit about World War I,” she said.

As for the posters, students were graded on how well they followed directions, their creativity in making their advertisement poster, and their critical thinking in how they explained the influence their invention had on society.

Mrs. Rudolph said her students were “very creative when developing their ad pitches and posters. They learned a lot about reliable researching practices, and applied them confidently. They joyfully took on the challenge of thinking critically about the influence their invention had on society, and came up with some great ideas and insights!”

Mountain Range


Jackson Hole Classical Academy
P.O. Box 7466
Jackson, WY 83002
Enrollment Inquiries:
Polly Friess
(307) 690-8396
All Other Inquiries:
School Office
(307) 201-5040
Subscribe to our Newsletters:
Click Here


© 2022 Jackson Hole Classical Academy. All Rights Reserved.

Nondiscrimination Policy: Jackson Hole Classical Academy admits students of any gender, race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Jackson Hole Classical Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, athletic, arts or other school administrated programs.