In Middle School Humanities, students have been studying the birth of the Industrial Revolution. Specifically, they reviewed how the Agricultural Revolution and other factors prompted Great Britain to be on the forefront of industrialization.
Students took place in a simulation early last week where they turned from skilled, artisan toy makers to workers on an assembly line, mass producing toys, in order to understand the transformation from cottage industries to urbanization. Each student made their own toy and, as a class, voted on the best final product.
Students then had to mass produce this toy, simulating working on an assembly line in a factory setting.
Students also studied the pros and cons of capitalism by taking part in a supply and demand market simulation in which they had to negotiate prices and chart gains and losses. Like the real world, some students became wealthy and other didn’t fare so well.
Students will continue this unit, looking at the effects on women, children, the environment and workers during the Industrial Revolution.