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Inventions shape the way we live everyday. Create a shining, new invention that will benefit our daily activities!
More than ever, we rely on technology in our everyday lives. Items such as dishwashers and personal computers are now a common part of our daily routines. Modern inventors like Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft are well known and respected in society. We eagerly anticipate announcements when their companies unveil their next great creations!
Ask students what gadgets and tools are important to their daily routines. What makes activities like homework and chores easier to complete? Discuss in a whole group and make a list together on the classroom white board using Crayola Dry Erase Markers. Organize text resources for students to view focused on important inventions and inventors. Require students to take notes on their reading experiences.
Challenge students, working individually or in collaborative groups, to think like inventors. What activities, chores and responsibilities do you have that could be simplified with the invention of a new tool? Is it your job to walk the dog after school? Maybe you have to take out the trash once a week.
Students create a new tool or gadget that would improve our daily lives. On a sheet of white paper students use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw an example of their inventions and how they work.
If time permits, have students create a 3-D model of their inventions. Crayola Model Magic can assist with this step, and a variety of recycled materials will also be useful.
In preparation for presentation of inventions, students name their new tool and write a short summary of the task or tasks the new invention does. Included in the summary should also be a statement regarding how use of this invention betters our lives.
Present inventions to the class. Students explain how they work and the benefits each will bring to our lives.
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