Change Happens

Social Studies

Students will use a comic-strip format to show change and development of various tools and systems in our society.

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What to Do

  1. Write the following terms on the chalkboard:

    transportation
    manufacturing
    movement of goods
    agriculture
    communication
    education
    health care
    entertainment

    Explain to students that society is held together by these activities that we normally take for granted. Each one of these, however, has changed over time, sometimes gradually, sometimes dramatically, as methods, machines, and technology have improved.
  2. Tell students that they are going to illustrate mini-histories of development and change in one of these areas. To do so, they will use a comic-strip format (that is, a series of illustrated panels). For example, a strip on transportation might begin with a panel showing a horse-drawn carriage and evolve into travel by jet plane. Accompanying text can provide additional information, such as a rough comparison of speed of travel, dates of inventions, etc.
  3. Display students' finished strips as a gallery of change. Allow time for students to browse and study each other's work. Invite other classes, families, and community members to view the strips.

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