Free Us History During Industrial Revolution Lesson Plan for 4th Grade Students

Topic: u.s. history during the industrial revolution

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain how life changed during the industrial revolution and identify key inventions and advancements that contributed to this change.


  • Pictures of factories, machines, and other inventions from the industrial revolution
  • Handouts with information about key inventions and advancements during the industrial revolution


  • Ask students if they know what the industrial revolution is and when it happened.
  • Ask students to name some of the new inventions and advancements that were developed during the industrial revolution.

Direct Instruction

  • Review the concept of the industrial revolution, explaining that it was a period of time when new technologies and methods of production were developed that greatly increased the efficiency and scale of manufacturing.
  • Discuss the impact of the industrial revolution on society, including the rise of big cities, the emergence of a middle class, and the creation of new jobs and industries.
  • Use the handouts to provide more detail on specific aspects of the industrial revolution, such as the invention of steam power, the rise of workers' unions, and the development of new transportation systems.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and give each group a specific historical figure from the industrial revolution to research.
  • Ask the students to use the handouts to help them gather information on their assigned figure, and then have them present their findings to the class.
  • During the presentations, have the class engage in a discussion about the effects of the industrial revolution on society, using the specific examples as a starting point.

Independent Practice

  • Give each student a piece of paper and a pen, and ask them to draw a picture of what life was like during the industrial revolution in their community.
  • Ask the students to label their drawings and write a short paragraph explaining what their drawing shows and how life changed during the industrial revolution in their community.


  • Review the main points of the lesson, including the main causes and effects of the industrial revolution and the importance of inventions and innovation in spurring economic growth.
  • Ask the students to share one thing they learned during the lesson or one question they still have about the industrial revolution.


  • Observe the students during the independent practice activity to assess their understanding of the topic.
  • Collect the students' written work and give feedback on their understanding of the industrial revolution and their ability to use historical context and information to support their argument.

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