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Robert Fulton – Steamboat Inventor

For Students 2nd Standards
Examine the life of steamboat inventor, Robert Fulton, through reading comprehension worksheet that includes both multiple choice and short answer questions. Then, take part in a word search and write definitions, words, and sentences...
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Paddle-Wheel Steamboat

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students use the internet to research the advancements in transportation on rivers throughout 1800 and 1900. In groups, they use a picture to build their own model of a steamboat using everyday materials. To end the lesson, they use...
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students complete vocabulary work based on the works of Mark Twain. In this vocabulary lesson, students label the parts of a steamboat and examine the use of river and steamboat jargon. They research the word meanings using Internet...
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Early 19c Industrialization in America: The Market Revolution

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Posing a question about the effects of American Industrialization, this presentation provides viewers with a comprehensive look at the 19th century. From the "Lowell Girls" to the Iron Horse, these slides would be an excellent supplement...
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Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students discover how rivers inspire creative expression.  In this Mark Twain lesson, students list songs about rivers and discuss common characteristics. They locate the Mississippi River on a map and write a script in which a steamboat...
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Ann Arbor Growth & Immigration

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders describe some of the factors that brought early settlers to Ann Arbor. They read Narrative-A Trip from Utica, New York, to Ingham County, Michigan in 1838. As an added challenge, 3rd graders can use maps to track Silas...
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Town Growth and Immigration

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders describe how Michigan has changed and stayed the same over time. They explain reasons why people settled/settle in Michigan, then explain the role of geography on the settlement of Michigan.
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Steamboats on the Rio Grande

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They...
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Influential Inventions

For Students 5th - 8th
In this inventions worksheet, students write the description and impact of 4 influential inventions. Students do this for the cotton gin, the reaper, the steamboat, and the steam locomotive.
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Robert Fulton and the Steamboat, "Trail of Tears"

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders study Fulton and his Steamboat, the "Trail of Tears," the Oregon Trail, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Pony Express in this series of lessons.
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Rollin' on The River - the Hudson River!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners examine how the Hudson River was important to the development of the United States. They examine the role of steamboats played in the development of the Hudson River Valley.
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John Fitch: Pioneer Steamboat Inventor

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students explore the transportation revolution brought about through the use of steam power to move boats over water. They practice note taking skills by taking notes from an article.
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Inventor's Challenge Review

For Students 9th - 10th
In this science worksheet, students match each invention or device to its inventor listed on the right. There are 32 inventors listed and some may be used twice. Then they order the items in each group from oldest to newest and state the...
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Interpreting Photographs

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine photographs and complete research on river transportation. They describe the beginnings and innovations of the steamboats. Students research the development of trade from the 1700s through the 1800s. They write a...
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Gibbons v. Ogden

For Teachers 8th Standards
Have you ever played the game Monopoly? Do you know what it takes to win the game correctly? Scholars research the nature of outlawing monopolies in the United States while controlling trade. They investigate the court case Gibbons v....
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Transportation in Indiana

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate Indiana transportation. In this transportation lesson students discover early forms of transportation such as railroads, rivers, boats, and roads. Students compare and contrast the different forms of...
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Place and Date

For Students 4th - 5th
In this social studies worksheet about the past, students use information from a web site to write a caption, place, and date for each of 9 photographs given. Then they describe some of the changes that have occurred in transportation...
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Post-Civil War American History

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine significant events in Post-Civil War America. In this Post-Civil War lesson, 5th graders investigate the important events after the war in 19th century America. They read primary source documents about six topics...
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New Technologies

For Students 5th - 10th
In this technologies lesson plan, students research and write short answers for the inventions of the Cotton Gin, McCormick Reaper, Steamboat, and Steam Locomotive. Students answer 4 questions for each.
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How Oceanographers Found the Titanic

For Students 9th - 12th
The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most tragic and remembered events in history. A first of her time, Titanic was considered unsinkable, but the night of April 15, 1912, would prove otherwise. Seventy-three years later in 1985, her...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 2nd
Students examine how the events that took place during the time of the Westward Expansion affected the pioneers and Native Americans through the seven lessons of this unit. Enhancements in transportation over time are also a part of the...
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Steamers Lesson 1: Background Information

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover the use of steamboats in North Carolina. After reading background information, they take notes on their reading and participate in a class discussion. They complete a KWL chart and share what they have gathered in small...
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Steamers Lesson 1: Design and Construction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the use of steamboats in North Carolina. In groups, they design and contruct their own small models of steamboats using simple materials. They test their models in water and share how they were built and why. They...
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Steamers Lesson 1: Routes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are introduced to the useage of steamboats in North Carolina. In groups, they research the routes of steamers and discover how they were used. They draw an illustrated map and a timeline of the routes. As a class,...

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