Title: Man vs. Machine
Author: Tammy Acord
Big Ideas: Time, Change and Continuity
Essential Question: How has the implementation of machinery changed the face of West Virginia occupations?
SS.2.WV.4 examine the cultural life of West Virginians through storytelling and various art forms (e.g., songs, instruments, artwork, photographs, etc.)
Laptop and Elmo to show vidoe of John Henry by Julius Lester and to explore Discovery Room 12
Vimeo link of John Henry and the Railroad
Small train (or matchbox cars
Social Studies Notebooks
Learning Plan - Day 1
Allow students to bust back into groups and finish their tracks. Continue through testing phase today and discuss which tracks were a success, which ones were less successful and why. Have students record this information in their Social Studies notebooks. Also, have students include in their notebooks possible revisions they could make to improve their invention highlighting any possible technology that they could use that may improve their tracks. Last, have students include three things they learned viewed as an improvement, but is just often perceived as a nuisance.
Notes to the Instructor
Depending on the time you have allotted for this unit, you could take the lesson a step further by allowing students to tweak and improve their tracks then allow for a second attempt to traveling the tracks between desks.
Student observation and discussion
Sculpture with hammer
Train track construction
Social Studies notebook entries
Clay statue of John Henry with hammer.
Music/Wellness Inclusion Activities
Give students objects to choose from and have them construct a railroad track that will successfully remain suspended between the two desks exactly 8 inches apart. The goal will be for a small train (or matchbox car) to travel the track from beginning to end while the track is spanning the distance between the two desks without falling apart.
Links & Other Resources