Technology and Invention
Age 9-11: Concept 3 - Discovery and Survival: Unit 2

Follow the course of invention throughout history as you learn about famous inventors and how their inventions changed the world. Identify simple machines and examine their use in complex systems. Imagine the future of inventions and draw your own Rube Goldberg machine.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fourth or fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: A History of Invention (3 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Simple Machines (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Creativity and Invention (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Technology of the Future
  • Lesson 5: Inventor's Workshop (3 Days)
  • Final Project: Inventions Test and Rube Goldberg Project (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Appreciate scientific discoveries of the past. (Science)
  • Build and use a model to solve a mechanical design problem, devise a test for the model, and evaluate the results of test. (Science)
  • Collect information by observing. (Science)
  • Describe how scientific discoveries and technological innovations have benefited individuals. (Science)
  • Determine how people use simple machines to solve problems. (Science)
  • Evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought. (Science)
  • Examine the progression of tool use and the development of tools over time. (Science)
  • Experiment with a variety of materials. (Science)
  • Explore the progression of technology from the first primitive tools to today's personal computer. (Science)
  • Identify scientists and inventors who have created or invented new technology. (Science)
  • Identify the impact of improved technology. (Science)
  • Recognize how people use simple machines to solve problems. (Science)
  • Recognize that complex machines and systems consist of combinations of simple machines. (Science)
  • Recognize the impact of new technology in photography, farm equipment, pasteurization, and medical vaccines on communities around the world. (Science)
  • Explain how scientific discoveries have benefited society. (Social Studies)
  • Forecast how technology can be managed to benefit the greatest number of people. (Social Studies)
  • Identify how scientific discoveries and technological innovations have advanced the economic development of the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Identify scientists and inventors who have created or invented new technology. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize the impact of new technology. (Social Studies)
  • Relate how certain technological discoveries have changed the course of history and reflect on the broader social and environmental changes that can occur from the discovery of such technologies. (Social Studies)
  • Understand how individuals have created or invented new technology and affected life in communities around the world, past and present. (Social Studies)
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