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Industry and Innovation

Grades 3 to 5

Complete an in-depth exploration of a common household item to uncover the history hidden in everyday objects.

Show Me a Flowerpot

By comparing and contrasting handmade and machine-made products, students will learn about the evolution of production processes in American history.

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Time in a Teakettle

Students will compare and contrast antique and modern teakettles in order to explore how the design and production of tea has changed (or stayed the same) over time.

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A Toast to the Past

Students will use their observation, analysis, and research skills to discover the identity and purpose of a mysterious artifact from the past—the non-electric toaster! They will then make a visual timeline of toaster history.

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Spice It Up!

Students will engage their senses of touch and smell by grinding spices using a mortar and pestle, as they follow the path of famous explorers on the Silk Road to build an understanding of their desire for Asian riches.

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