1. What is it?
2. Why do we use it?
3. Where does it come from?
4. How does it work?
5. How does it change?
6. How does it change us?
7. How do we change it?
8. What are its costs & benefits?
9. How do we evaluate it?
does it come
Where does technology come from? Sometimes from combining
different technologies, materials, and information, as in the case of
the electric battery, one of the stories students read. Our
book gives other answers:
other technology, dense populations, specialization, plan or accident,
gives each student a slip of paper with an invention and the year it was
invented. Students try to line up in chronological order by
discussing inventions, but not dates. This gets them thinking
about what technologies must have preceded others.
One Thread In History
stories chains together a series of inventions, from the electric
battery to the personal computer. Each story tells of the
inventor, the circumstances, the motivation, and how the inventor
Standards (click for details)
Grade 5 Reading 2.3, 2.4
History - Social Science
Grade 6 World History & Geography:
Ancient Civilizations 6.2.2
Grade 7 World History & Geography:
Medieval & Early Modern Times 7.3.2
Grade 8 US History & Geography: Growth
& Conflict 8.12.9
Grade 10 World History, Culture, &
Geography: The Modern World 10.3.2, 10.3.5
Grade 11 US History & Geography:
Continuity & Change in the 20th Century 11.8.7
Grades 8 - 12 Calculus 4.2
Grade 5 Physical Science 1cd
Grade 8 Physical Science 7c