Title of Lesson: Tools Make A Difference#110

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National Standard: 10 The characteristics, distribution and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics.

State Standard: 13

Teaching Level: E

- compare older and newer types and designs of tools
- recognize how did the change in tools affected life along the river

Materials: a variety of hand tools ( hammer, stone, chisel, wedge, pulley, etc.), a copy of A River Ran Wild

1. Talk about the children's ideas concerning tools - the pictures on the page borders will help.
2.What tools were associated with the Indians?
3. What tools did the English bring?
4. How did life change because of the introduction of these new tools?
5. Classify the tools for cooking, hunting, farming, recreation.
6. Write a quick advertisement about one of these tools you "own", but you want to trade for a different one. Tell what is good about the tool, how it is useful, and why someone else would want it.

Did the student's advertisement capture the essence of the trading?

Visit a museum with a collection of early American tools such as the Precision Museum in Windsor, VT.
Role play trading and/or bartering with another student.
Relate the differences between bartering and trading and selling.

Reflection: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.
Thank you.
The authors. *

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