Inventors and Inventions Research

Inventors and Inventions Research

In social studies class, we will begin a research unit. Students will be placed in pairs and together they will choose which inventor or invention they would like to know about. Students will gather information about those inventors using online and offline resources. When students have gathered their research they will need to organize that information in a way that makes sense. For the purposes of this project we will use the following outline when organizing information: What is the invention? What does the invention do? How can it be used? When was it invented? Where there other inventions that led up to this invention? Information about the inventor Who was this inventor? When did this inventor live? Where did the inventor live? What was the inventors early life and education like? Any interesting facts about the inventor. Why did the inventor want to invent this invention? Did the inventor invent other inventions? What where they? What is the importance of this invention? Explain why the invention is important? Have the invetion been improved or changed since it was invented? Did it lead to other inventions? How has this invention changed the world? What was the world like before this invention and how is it different now that it has been invented? After details are written out in an organized fashion, students will get to choose a method to present that information. Students can: Write a report Make a brochure in Publisher Make a PowerPoint Record a Podcast (like a radio program) Make a Glogster Poster Make a Blog Post Record a video Got another idea on how to...
Getting Ready for Our Mock Election

Getting Ready for Our Mock Election

Cross posted at #kidvote blog. We have been getting ready for our mock election at Wyman Elementary in Rolla, Missouri. We are going to be having our election tomorrow October 30. Our third grade class is hosting the mock election for the whole school so we had to get a few things ready before Wyman students were ready to vote. First, we came up with a list of jobs that will need to be covered on the day of the election. Here is the list we came up with: Class guides – We decided we didn’t want to have classes standing in line for a long time so we decided to have a class guide go get each class when we were ready for them. Voter Registrations Checkers – These people make sure that voter registration cards are complete and collect them. (Only second grade on up were going to bring registration cards.) Signature book keeper – Before receiving a ballot in a real election, you must sign your name so we have a person watching our signature book. (Second grade and up). Ballot distributor and demonstrator – The person handing out the ballots and showing citizens how to use the ballot. Voter assistants – These people help voters to find empty voting booths and assist as needed. Ballot Box Guards – The guards made sure that no one messes around with the ballot box. Counters/Election judges – This group are doing the actual counting of the ballots by keeping tally marks. They are also the election judges that must agree on disputed ballots. Graphers – The graphers are going to take the data from...