On Science Channel’s How It’s Made you see how products are put together. Log in and search Discovery Education for “How It’s Made” for exclusive access to these videos- from well known items like brushes, pretzels, crayons, batteries and fabric to less common items like tools, helicopters, solar panels and hearing aids.
Students are often curious about the origins of items- and they may have some big ideas on how they are created. By introducing your students to the process of how things are made, educators can build questioning skills, expand on career conversations and help students build an appreciation for things they own and the people that create them.
Below are ways you might incorporate this video series into your lessons.
STEM Connections: You might have your students select an item they’re interested in learning about or select an item that is manufactured in your community. Students could make predictions about the process to create the item. As they watch the video, have students modify their predictions and include the different skills they see being performed. They might also note if the work was being done by people or machines and the types of tools being used.
Older students might write about how the item has impacted the industry its used in. They could research the types of technology that are needed to create the item and how it has impacted other manufacturing.
Writing Prompts: Students write a story from the point of view of the item. In the first draft they include the steps the believe lead to the creation of the item. Then, as they watch the video they build in details on the tools, materials and skills used to create the item. Students could even narrate their story (Web 2.0 tools like Voki, Explain Everything or just your computers microphone work well for this) by including sound effects and images from Discovery Education they can build additional details.
Artistic Connections: After viewing the video, students could illustrate the various products and resources used to create each item. They might illustrate the processes to create the item or the item in motion. Students could also create an advertisement of the product, illustrating it and including facts about the production of the product.