Lesson: Julie Warr - Made in China

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Lesson Objective

Elementary School/Special Education: Students will investigate different items in the classroom and in a local retail store to see where items are made. They will discuss what kind of items are made or grown local and research using the computer or IPAD what types of industries are in other countries. They will gain information and answer questions on why items are made from three different countries: USA, China and Taiwan .

Lesson Plan

Students will study about where items are made around the world.

Students will read a story about different countries and where things are made.

Students will have the opportunities to locate the made in tag on items.

Students will practice finding the tag on items in the classroom.

A classroom graph will be constructed on chart paper.

Students will answer questions from the information collected through researching them on the computer about items that are made from different countries.

Students will go on a field trip to locate items and collect data to make graphs that will show students where items they use or see every day are made.

Students will understand the concept of  the importance in other countries and their selling items to the  United States.


Steps: 1-hour

1. Students will be read stories about other countries such as: This is the way we go to school (A book About Children Around the World), This book is a good one to introduce other children around the world. Discuss the differences about the ways children go to school and what is and is not available to them in different types of transportation. Have students question and respond to questions about the different areas these children live in. A second book to introduce (Children Just Like Me with a section for Chinese New Year and other topics) 

2. Make a chart and ask students what they have that might come from other countries. Have students walk around the room and choose one item. Show them how to look for  the stamp or label that tells where the item was made.

3. Make a chart of items and where they were made so students can see how many items were made in certain countries.

4. Have students make a bar graph or a pictograph about the items found in the classroom.

5. Have students answer questions about the different items.

Lesson 2- 2 hours

This lesson needs to be extended over a period of time. Students will conduct another research activity by going to the store and locating 20 different items and collect data to make a bar and pictograph showing the differences in where our items come from.

 1. Students will ask questions about where to locate items in the store as well as where to find the label or stamp of where the item was made in to the store employee.

2. Students will fill out the chart by making tally marks as to the orgin of the item.

3. Students will then take the information back to school and develop a graph showing their results.

4. Students will share their results with teachers, peers and some other school personnel such as the principal.

5. They will answer questions from the adults that they share their information with.

Lesson Resources

data tally marks.doc  
data tally marks bar graph.doc  
pictograph 1.doc  
pictograph 1 store.doc  
modified picture sheet.doc  
picture sheet.doc  


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