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Unit 3, Lesson 4: Inside the Factory (pp. 100-103)
The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Goods/Services People use assembly-line processes in a factory.
Check for Understanding
- Use a toy or other factory-made object that has removable parts to demonstrate and discuss the assembly-line process used in many factories. You can even use a classroom object, such as a stapler, for demonstration. Invite students to name the different parts of the object and in what order they were probably put together. Discuss why making things in factories is a fast and efficient way to produce things.
- Have students write and draw about something else that might be made in a factory, such as a shirt. Use the shirt as an example to demonstrate how they might show several steps: cutting the fabric from a pattern, sewing the pieces together, wrapping it for shipment.
- Have students make a sequence book that shows the order of making a simple object that was probably factory-produced.
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