Industrial Revolution in Iowa
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||4th Grade||Class||Social Studies||Length of Lesson||75 Minutes|
|Lesson Title||Industrial Revolution in Iowa|
|Unit Title||The Industrial Revolution|
|Unit Compelling Question||Was the Industrial Revolution beneficial for our global society?|
In the late part of the 18th century rural areas of North America and Europe were transformed into urban societies. Goods that were once made by hand began to be produced in large quantities in large factories with machinery.
The introduction of steam power jump-started the Industrial Revolution in Britain and quickly spread to America and then worldwide. Steam-powered factories produced goods, and steam-powered trains transported those goods to markets. Large factories were established, leading to the growth of cities and urban centers. Large numbers of people flooded into the cities seeking employment in the factories and mills. In many cases this led to over population, pollution of air and water resources, and dangerous working conditions.
~ Allyson Simpson, Simpson College
2018.056.007 3/4 VIEW FROM NORTHWEST - Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Viaduct, Spanning Des Moines River at Chicago & Northwestern Railroad tracks, Boone, Boone County, IA.
2018.037.002 This photograph shows the gasoline-powered tractor that Iowan John Froelich invented in 1892. This tractor was the first of its kind that could forward and in reverse. After inventing this tractor, Froelich helped found the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company, which was purchased by the John Deere Company in 1918.
|Lesson Supporting Question||What was life like during the Industrial Revolution?|
Students will compare differing perspectives on the Industrial Revolution. This lesson is after an introductory lesson so students should know that the Industrial Revolution was the shift to more machines and industry in the United States. This lesson will focus on Iowa and how different people such as farmers, railroad workers, and businessmen might have been affected.
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|Author||Kelly Schwart||Reviewer||Dr. Chad Timm, Simpson College||Created||08/16/2019||Last Edited||09/06/2019|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Social Studies Methods, Simpson College, Spring 2019|