Contrary to what most of us believe, Henry Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line. What he did accomplish was the improvement of both ideas. He added a moving conveyor belt to the assembly line, which allowed him to create cars quickly, leading to a drop in price. The Model T was the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. Cars quickly became, not a luxury, but a practical item that greatly influenced the twentieth century world.
- Looked at historic images of automobiles
- Learned about the origins of automobiles, including steam powered vehicles
- Attempted to "invent" our own car with a collection of parts
- Discussed the advantages of using an assembly line, and tried creating our own
- Learned about the differences between an assembly line and a moving assembly line
Optional lesson extension activities:
- Read Henry Ford: Greatest American Hero
- Go to Wart Games to play online as you learn about Henry Ford
- Download a Henry Ford "Be an Innovator" kit
- Think of one "Fascinating Fact" from all of your research on your inventor/invention and write it down to add to your presentation board.
- Practice your timeline