Invention Research

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Diigo Lesson Plan - Invention Research

Brief Description:  Students will work together in groups to learn information about inventions/inventors.  Diigo will be used to organize and share their information with classmates.
Grade Level: 4th or 5th Graders
Major Objectives:
1.  The student will research and become familiar with an invention that they are familiar with.
2.  The student will research and become familiar with an invention that is new to them.
3.  The student will use Diigo to organize and collect the information that will be needed to complete their project.
4.  The student will utilize bookmarks, capture and highlights in order to organize information.
Equipment: Use of one computer for each student, worksheet to help students follow the needed process and ensure they are collecting proper information, pencil/pen, paper
Procedure:

1. You have been assigned to research 2 famous inventions. You must pick 1 invention that you do not know anything about, and 1 invention that you are familiar with.

2. DO NOT do your research on airplanes.

3.  All research must be completed on the Internet.  Use Diigo.com to compile your research and share with teammates.  Start with the following address:

http://web.mit.edu/invent/www.inventarchive.html

4. You must share materials with others in the class.

5. You can work with others in your group to research the inventions or you can work alone.

6. You must answer the questions that are listed below in complete sentences.

7. If you have questions, first ask a classmate and then ask a teacher if you do not get the answer you need.

8. Work quickly, quietly, carefully.

9. This project will need to be completed within 1 class period.

Assessment:  Check for understanding by having the students collaborate with each other in their groups.  They will need to begin preparing their group presentation to present to the class.




Name of the invention: _________________________________________________________________

Who invented this? ____________________________________________________________________

When was this invented? _______________________________________________________________

Why was this invented? ________________________________________________________________

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Have you ever used this invention? Circle "yes" or "no" Yes No

If "Yes", explain how your life would be different if this had never been invented:

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Name of the invention: _________________________________________________________________

Who invented this? ____________________________________________________________________

When was this invented? _______________________________________________________________

Why was this invented? ________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

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Have you ever used this invention? Circle "yes" or "no" Yes No

If "Yes", explain how your life would be different if this had never been invented:

______________________________________________________________________________

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