Lesson plans and other excellent ideas for School Projects or Classroom Activities.
Lesson Plans for Social Studies and Science
*Start a discussion on the origin of cotton. Ask students to make a list of products made out of cotton.
*Get students to read the labels on their clothes. How many of those clothing items contain cotton? Discuss how cotton growing and processing of cotton into yarn and then fabric.
*Discuss history of American cotton with key events and their significance.
*Write essays on Samuel Slater and Eli Whitney and discuss how their inventions impacted history.
*Look at creating a model of a bale, (dimensions 55″ x 21″ x 26″). Determine the volume and density considering a standard bale is 500 lb.
1. Provide one cotton boll to each student or a group of students. Have the students look at the cotton fiber using a magnifying lens. They would notice that the short cotton fibers have almost a silky appearance.
2. Get students to grow 4-6 cotton seeds in a pot and watch the cotton seeds germinate in 7 to 10 days. Discuss in class the life cycle and different parts of the cotton plant.
3. Share background information about cotton picking and ginning of cotton. Have students remove cotton from boll and separate seeds from the cotton boll using a roller gin.
4. Have students weigh the fibers collected from a single boll and then compare it with the weight of a pair of jeans. Ask students to consider how many cotton bolls are required to produce a pair of jeans.
5. Discuss the historical invention of Eli Whitney’s gin and its impact in history and cotton production in United States. Demonstrate the roller gin model to show how it separates seeds from fiber.