The Age of the Machine - Teacher's Page
This resource is aimed at 5th and 6th Class pupils, but would be suitable for younger pupils in a multi-class situation with support from teacher/peers. It is intended that pupils would work in threes but this could be amended.
Learning Objectives and Opportunities
This resource would be best used during SESE, in particular History where pupils work as historians and are enabled to develop an understanding of time and chronology, change and continuity, cause and effect, using evidence and developing empathy for people in the past. It closely fulfills the objectives in the Strand - Eras of Change and Conflict, where the objectives include:
- become familiar with aspects of these periods
- examine and become familiar with evidence which informs us about the lives of people in the periods studied, their thoughts and concerns
- record the place of peoples and events on appropriate timelines
It integrates with other curricular areas including English, Drama, and SPHE
Pupils may like to print off copies of Worksheets for each task
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Notes for teaching the unit
Divide the children into groups of three and assign a role to each i.e. Chief Executive, Commissioner and Lord Shaftesbury. Note that some of the websites contain interactive content that is spoken aloud which will enable a child with literacy difficulties to access the content in an appropriate manner - this should be considered when assigning roles.
The three pupils undertake an independent task and may require a printer to print off the worksheets provided. When their independent task has been completed they are then asked to create two still images and may need teacher direction at this point. There is an evaluation rubric provided that will enable children to focus their work and identify what is expected of them. This rubric will also provide you, the teacher, with benchmarks against which to measure and document progress.
Use these sites to enable the children to find out more about Dr. Barnardo
Ask the children to use this
to compare and contrast their lives with those of children during the Industrial Revolution.
Encourage the children to create a timeline of important events during the Industrial Revolution and draw pictures to represent each event.
http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/index/snapshots.htm for single lessons featuring documentary lessons related to the Industrial Revolution - excellent for encouraging children to use evidence as they work as historians.
Ask the children to write a diary entry by a climbing boy. Encourage them to use language that reflects the time period.
Children may enjoy playing these interactive games related to the Industrial Revolution
Explore toys that children played with during the Industrial Revolution. Ask the children to create an
advertisement for a victorian toyshop. These websites might help:
Use these search engines to find out more about Queen Victoria. Perhaps the children could write about a day in the life of a child of Queen Victoria. They could also find out more about schools during the Industrial Revolution.
Read "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens as it creates a real flavour of life in England during the Industrial Revolution. It was very common for families to read aloud to each other during this time, recreate that experience by reading aloud to the class or inviting children to read aloud to each other.
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