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Lesson Title:
Historical transportation of goods from the trading grounds to the home camp

Teachers:
Mrs. Michele Barcelona (Primary)

Brief Description:
This is the third lesson under the theme of trade routes in the land of the Umonhon Nation (North Eastern Nebraska) along the Missouri River. The previous two lessons focused on building the transportation (a boat that can carry a load and float), the second focused on using simple machines to unload the goods, and this lesson will focus on getting the goods from the trade ground to the home camp, using simple machines.
Students will view a PowerPoint to become familiar with land travel in MRV prior to motorized vehicles and compete in a design challenge.

Topics Introduced:
Trade, transportation, load, balance, simple machines
Suggested Grade Levels:
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade

Subjects:
Mathematics
Science
Industrial Technology
Engineering

Lesson Information

Learning Expectations:

Students will:
1. Explore types of machines used in historic times and the forces that act upon them.
2. Explore the history of commerce transportation (land travel prior to motorized vehicles) and compare the various types.
3. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of various types of simple machines.
4. Recognize factors to consider when designing a means for transporting overland without a motor.
5. Design, build, and test a simple machine or a system of simple machines to transport goods from a boat or trading grounds to a home camp working from the Design Challenge.

Plan Of Action:

Students will view a PowerPoint presentation and become familiar with land travel prior to motorized vehicles and compare it with how we transport goods on land today. They will then design and build a simple machine (or system of them) that could have been used in history to take the load from the boat or trading grounds and transport it to the home camp.

Data Set Used:

Students will be given rules and supplies for this activity.

Materials Needed:

1. Craft Sticks, Skewers, and/or Dowling rods
2. Hot glue guns and glue sticks
3. Plastic sheeting or material
4. Various tape types (packaging, duct, masking, etc.)
5. PVC pipes
6. String and/or Rope
7. Paper cups
8. Various items that could be used as wheels, pulleys, etc.
9. Weights for testing (can use fishing weights, metal washers, river rocks, or for larger transports, pound, three-pound, five-pound weights).
10. Scale.
11. Items fo clean up

Preparation Period:

1. Download, preview, and become familiar with the attached PowerPoint.
Locate, preview, and save videos and images of goods being transported via historical means or current without the use of a motorized vehicle if you choose to add some for enrichment and comparison.
2. Locate and set up materials for the simple machine test and for the Design Challenge.
3. Preview/Practice different ways to use available materials as a way to transport goods (may be fun to use PVC pipes and make it big enough to transport a person) for the demonstration.

Implementation Period:

PowerPoint 10-15 minutes, Design and Build 15-45 minutes, and Testing 15-30 minutes


Lesson Files

Historical transportation of goods from the trading grounds to the home camp
PowerPoint regarding transporting goods prior to motorized vehicles.
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