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ERIC Number: ED383880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Fourth Grade Factory--An Integrated, Collaborative Unit in Manufacturing and Economics--Make It, Take It.
Bliss, Clifford; Giles, Bob
This unit for fourth grade and high school includes elements of careers, economics and free enterprise for fourth graders and elements of problem solving and design, manufacturing, drafting, and woodworking for high school students. The unit is taught in both the fourth grade and the high school classrooms. The unit involves planning, designing, and producing a small product in an actual factory run, with the high school students planning the run and the fourth graders acting as factory workers. The fourth-grade students study the following subjects: capital financing, free enterprise, stocks, corporations, raw materials, labor, training, expenses, profits, and other such topics. The high school students go through the design from brainstorming through sketching, sampling, making prototypes, working drawings, and problem solving. After the factory production run, the process is evaluated by students to determine how it could have been done better, and the younger students are encouraged to enroll in technology classes when they get older. The unit includes behavioral objectives and plans for the following: an abacus, a frog, a tic-tac-toe game, a bird feeder, an airplane whistle, a clothes peg plaque-mirror, a gum ball machine, a jelly bean machine, a gum ball bank, a race car, a kaleidoscope, a top, a basketball flipper game, and a notepad holder. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A