Name
From Brian's bookshelf: The Firsts
Topic
English,history
Learning time
395 minutes
Designed time
395 minutes
Number of students
16
Description
In this lesson student will explore about important technological inventions, they will choose one for each group and prepare a presentation about it and possibly make a model of it.
Aims
Students should learn more about important inventions throughout history. They should be able to talk about historical inventions. Recreating models of some inventions
Outcomes
  • Comprehension technological inventions
  • Application past simple tense prepositions of time
  • Comprehension reading and listening about technological inventions
  • Application speaking about technological inventions using past tense when speaking and writing
  • Analysis
No outcomes are set
Editor
TihanaSK
Introducing the topic
25 minutes)
  • Read
    10
    16
    0
    At the beginning of this lesson student do a quick quiz about important events from the history. They have to match event with the years.
  • Discuss
    10
    16
    0
    After the quiz we start a discussion: Why are The Firsts so important? With the knowledge gained from history classes students discuss about inventions and their importance. While discussing I encourage students to use past simple tense where needed.
  • Discuss
    5
    16
    0
    Driving question: What are the firsts?
Notes:
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Starting the project
105 minutes)
  • Read
    15
    0
    With the help of Team up tool students are divided into 4 groups of 4. Each group picks a card with important invention/s that they will explore. Since this year our school is focusing all projects on the same topic which is Anniversary the inventions will be connected to this topic too. 1. First pendulum clock (1656), first quartz clock (1927) 2. The first electric telegraph (1816), patent for telephone (1876) 3. Dandy horse - velociped (1817), first petrol powered auto-mobile (1886) 4. Zinc-carbon battery (1886), phonograph (1887)
  • Investigate
    60
    4
    1
    Students in groups investigate about their inventions. They have to gather as much information as possible. When they have all information needed each group has to decide how will they present their project. Students use Canvanizer to help them brainstorm ideas.
  • Collaborate
    30
    4
    0
    Each group decides how to divide work within the members. After brainstorming they start working on their project. If they have any questions they can always ask me during the class or via our class group on Edmodo.
Notes:
Resources attached: 0
Doing the project
150 minutes)
  • Collaborate
    60
    4
    0
    When they start doing the project the first thing to do is to write about the inventions. The focus is on using past tense. For making presentations they can use different tools such as Prezi, Adobe Spark, Power Point, Adobe Slate, Powtoon.
  • Produce
    90
    4
    0
    Each group has to make a model of the given invention. Together they have to decide how will they make it, what materials will they use. The models don't have to be complicated. They will have to know how their model works (how did the real invention work)
Notes:
During the making of the project I will give them assessment rubrics after each activity so they can see how do they collaborate, are there any difficulties or problems they have to solve, does everyone within the group gives his/her maximum.
Resources attached: 0
Presenting the project
75 minutes)
  • Read
    60
    4
    0
    When the projects are done they present them to the class. Each group has 10 minutes for presenting their presentations and models. After each presentations there will be 5 minutes for questions from other groups about their projects.
  • Discuss
    15
    0
    After the presentations they will all get assessment rubrics to evaluate anonymously other groups: presenting, model, was it interesting. They can all give their inputs to each other how to improve for the next project.
Notes:
While they are presenting I assess their presenting skills, use of past tenses, pronunciation. The final grade will include my assessment and assessment they were doing during the project and after the presenting.
Resources attached: 0
Exhibition
40 minutes)
  • Produce
    40
    4
    0
    Students prepare written materials in Croatian and English and together with models of their assigned inventions make an exhibition for other pupils in their school.
Notes:
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