Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or GroupCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RI/5/5] Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
In this activity students will compare and contrast three toys: playing cards, bicycles, and hot wheels. A short summary of the origin of each toy is provided for each of these toys.
- Playing cards were invented by the Chinese a thousand years ago. In 1450, a new version of playing cards were created by royalty, and the face cards were created.
- Bicycles developed from the kiddy-car; handlebars, footrests, pedals, and brakes were added one by one resulting in the modern-day bicycle for males and females.
- Hot Wheels were created by Elliot Handler, a founder of the Mattel Toy Company. A development team created exact replicas of real model cars, just one sixty-fourth of the original size.