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!”
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