Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 40 - 45 mins

Topic: Industrial Revolution

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will explore different inventions and innovations during the Industrialization era and the role of these inventions in their state and/or United States.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a good grasp of the events leading up to the Industrial Revolution in America. Students should be able to define words such as: innovation, invention, technology, and industrial revolution.


  • Have students brainstorm technology they can’t live without. 

  • Discuss technology.

    • Is technology good or bad?

    • What do you consider technology?

    • Why do people invent things?

Point out that tools and resources as simple as a pencil or turning on a light switch was the newest technology during different time periods.


  • Have students research an invention that was developed during the Industrial Revolution. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-panel comic showing who invented the invention and demonstrating the purpose and impact of the invention.

    • Panel 1: What is it and what is the purpose of the invention?

    • Panel 2: Who invented it and why did they invent it?

    • Panel 3: What impact e.g., economically, politically, and/or culturally did the invention have on the state and/or United States during the Industrialization Era?


  • Display students’ finished comics. 

  • Have students decide what current technology evolved from, these specific inventions from the Industrialization Era.


  • Enrichment Option: Have students create a fourth panel in the comic, or a separate comic, inventing something of their own that would help them today. 

  • Provide sentence frames as needed for student comics.

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed. 

  • Have a list of inventions for students to choose from.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.