Have the students choose one invention that was made in the late 1700's and the early 1800's. Have them illustrate the invention. Make a time line with the drawings. Here are a few American inventions to get you started.
|cotton gin - 1794||coffee pot - 1806||commercial steamboat - 1809|
|steam powered locomotive - 1830||reaper - 1834||telegraph - 1840|
|clipper ship - 1840's||telegraph - 1844||rubber vulcanization - 1844|
|sewing machine - 1846||safety pin - 1849||typewriter - 1868|
|air brake - 1876||telephone - 1876||phonograph - 1880|
After the American army introduced the concept of interchangeable parts in the manufacture of guns, clock makers began producing clocks with this idea. Prior to the Industrial Revolution clocks were made in small shops by hand. Eli Terry realized that only one in every ten American homes had a clock, so he decided to make one that everyone could buy. He started making clocks using interchangeable parts. Have the students make a clock using this method. Have stacks containing "clock parts".
paper circle with clock face
Have the students move from stack to stack to assembly their clock. Then ask the following questions:
Idea taken from Social Studies Made Simple Frank Schaffer Publication, Inc.