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 create a list of products that are made from cotton.
*Get students to read labels on clothes. How many of the 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 Eli Whitney and Samuel Slater and 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 each student or a group of students one cotton boll. Have the students examine the cotton fiber under a magnifying lens. They would notice that the short cotton fibers have almost a silky appearance.
2. Let students grow 3-5 cotton seeds in a small pot and watch the seeds germinate in 10 days. Discuss in class the different parts of the plant as well as the life cycle of the cotton plant.
3. Share the background information about cotton picking and cotton ginning. Have students actually remove cotton from boll and separate seeds from the cotton boll using a roller gin.
4. Have students weigh the fibers collected from one 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 invention of Eli Whitney’s cotton 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.