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Intro Our Town, 1900 Living without Technology

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In our daily lives, 20th century technological advances surround us. Whether we are taking a hot shower, using the refrigerator, driving a car or turning on a light to read a book, our environment is shaped by hundreds inventions that make our lives more comfortable, automatic, productive and easier. The goal of this lesson plan is for students to understand how dependent we have become in the technical world and what "modern conveniences" really are. Students will identify the machines (technologies) in their homes and agree to live without them for a 24-hour period. By observation, this lesson will help give students a small glimpse into what life was probably like one hundred years ago and how we benefit from modern culture.

Grade Level: 5 - 8

Subject Matter: Social Studies

Curricular Uses:
Social Studies: The historical value of technology; Modern inventors and inventions; The evolution of technological advances and how inventions have permanently changed our world

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
- Identify technologies that have made our lives easier, more efficient, convenient, cleaner, automatic and faster
- Demonstrate how technologies are crucial to our everyday lives
- Understand and demonstrate what are "modern conveniences"
- Identify 20th century inventors and inventions
- Analyze the benefits and/or downfalls of 20th century technologies
- Understand the basic and logical sequence of 20th century technologies (Understand technology is more than just video games and computers)

Use of the Internet: Investigation, Research, Communication and Publication (web pages within individual schools)

Use of Computer: Word Processor, and Presentation Software

Use of Technology: Pencils, Paper, Books, Bindings and Computers (get students to understand that everything is a product of technological advances)

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



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