- Transition: Note that the previous day ended with their being asked to make a connection to the importance of Pollution. To ensure they understand the terms used they will read about Contaminants and Pollution.
- Pair students up. Each student is given either the Contaminants Handout or the Pollution Handout. Have them read the material quietly. (10 minutes)
- When done reading have them make a drawing that illustrates the Pollution and Contaminant Relationship in a city. The teacher may need to handout drawing sheets. (10-15 minutes)
- They will now label what they drew to verbally identify the components they chose to draw. (5-10 minutes)
- In order to make more concrete connections with these words have students do a new Definition and Concept Trail using the following words: Industry, Contaminants, Pollutants, Hazardous, Environment, and Human Health. Information to be included for each word is a definition, associations, and a visual or illustration to help remember the word. Refer to “The Parts Make up the Whole” lesson for one example of how to conceptually link the words that uses The Verbal Visual Vocabulary format.
- Note: All of these words illustrate the processes of unsafe sanitation that illustrate the Industrial Revolution in America.
- Have students take out their Definition and Concept Trails for reference.
- Students will now perform a mini-investigative study using their textbooks. Without giving them any direction as to where to look in their textbooks, have students locate 3 examples of sanitation conditions during the Industrial Revolution in America. They must read through the chapter materials to look for their examples. The examples can illustrate work, home, or the city. Have them write down the example in their notes with information pertaining to location, and time period. When done have them identify how their example addresses a worker situation, a business situation, and/or a landscape situation. In other words is their example talking about working conditions, business conditions, and/or location (city, rural, community).
- Finally, with each example they located, have them address how that problem may have affected the future (our present).
Ponder Question Challenge: Do you think pollution problems from the Industrial Age are still with us today?
If students do not finish the Definition and Concept Trail the first day, they can do so for homework.
The drawing can be displayed and evaluated. The Definition and Concept Trail can be assessed.
Mini-investigation using textbooks can be assessed.