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Intro Our Town, 1900 Living without Technology

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What made up a town in the 1900's? Who lived in these towns? What was the main industry? What kind of jobs did people have? Why were the towns located in specific places? How did the towns survive or did they perish? What did people wear? What did they eat? How did they survive? Were there servants? How did people act? Within this lesson plan, students will answer all of these question by exploring their own towns in the1900's and understand the evolution of the area in which they live today.

Grade Level: 5 - 8

Subject Matter: Social Studies, Geography, Math and Language Arts

Curricular uses: Social studies: Study the history of towns, employment, operations and industry
Geography: Create maps of local communities
Math: Create a bar graph recording populations
Language Arts: Read, Write and Organize research

Learning objectives:

Students will be able to:
- Have a good understanding of the history of their town and who lived there
- Understand where the town began physically
- Show who the first settlers of their town were
- Understand what were some of the first industries in their town
- Identify the different occupations of the town in the 1900's
- Outline the population growth of the town and when it was incorporated

Use of the Internet: Investigation/Research, Share information, Collaboration, Publication (web pages within individual schools)

Use of Computer: Word processing, SpreadSheets and Presentation software

Use of Communication Technologies: Letters, Telephone Calls, Interviews, Reading/Research and Discussions.


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