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.


  • 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 fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: A History of Invention (2 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.
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