Subject: History and Technology
1. Topic-
Researching Historically Important Inventions
2. Content-
Technology Education, history
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Improve communication skills
2. Improve researching and database skills
3. Have a greater knowledge of important historical inventions
4. Objectives-
Have the students research inventions, develop a database of their findings, and communicate their findings to their peers.
5. Materials and Aids-
Database program
Computers with Internet access (computer lab time)
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. The students will be given two class periods to choose and research a specific historical invention.
2. After collecting information the students will organize their findings in a database format.
3. The students will then present their findings to the class

B. Development-

1. The teacher will give out a worksheet explaining the assignment, and include the rubric and expectations.
2. The teacher will also explain the assignment to the class. This should only take 10 to 15 minutes.

C. Practice-

1. The students are expected to spend two class periods researching the topic and one class period creating a database.
2. The database will have specific requirements placed in a rubric: the fields include, name of invention, category, date of patent or invention, inventor, and significant effects of the invention.
3. They are also expected to give a ten minute presentation on their findings to the class, after the research and database is completed.

D. Independent Practice-

1. Organized Database with information on all the previously listed fields
2. Ten minute presentation communicating their findings
3. Participation and attendance

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Students with special needs may need extended time
2. If the students have trouble using a computer they may work in small groups
3. Also, students with special language needs may research information in their native language

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Assessment will be on the information in the database and the information communicated in the presentation.
2. The teacher will also observe how well the students can work independently on a researching project
3. Feedback will be given after the presentation and the grades will reflect the information in the database and information in the presentation.

G. Closure-

1. After the presentations are complete the teacher will give a short debriefing on the importance of researching online.
2. Grades will be given back, including specific feedback on the effectiveness of the presentation and the information in the database
7. Evaluation-
1. The teacher will ensure the students are on track by monitoring the work going on in the classroom.
2. The official evaluation will be on the information in the database (ensuring all the fields are complete) and the presentation (ensuring the information is communicated in an effective manner to the class).
8. Teacher Reflection-
The lesson went well. The students were able to research the inventions and organize their information in a database format. Many seemed interested in their specific topics and found interesting information online. The presentations also went well and the students were able to communicate their findings effectively. The class, as a whole, seemed to enjoy the project!

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