21st Century Themes Teacher Resources
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You Can Be an Innovator ... Like Henry Ford
3rd - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
Why did Henry Ford want to invent a car for the masses? Why did Henry Ford locate his factory in Detroit? Why did Henry Ford encourage the idea of a 5-day work week? Young innovators find the answers to these and other question in a unit...
Elementary–Module 1: Sustainable Innovation
4th - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewWhere would society be without the innovations of Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs? Scholars explore what it means to have an innovative mindset. Working in small groups, pupils design a product or service to help solve a social,...
High School–Module 1: Sustainable Innovation
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewWhat does it mean to have an innovative mindset? Pupils think outside the box with the first of five lessons from the WE Are Innovators—High School Modules set. Scholars read articles and watch videos about sustainable innovation, such...
Writing an Argument: Innovation in America
9th - 10th CCSS: Designed
Are American young people prepared to become tomorrow's leaders in technological innovation, or does an obsession with being cool sidetrack essential skills? That is the question freshmen and sophomores must address in a performance task...
How Farming Planted the Seeds for the Internet
4 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Is farming the greatest innovation in all of history? Watch as modern technology and advancements are traced back to the invention of farming in the Neolithic Revolution. The video illustrates how agricultural surplus led to division of...