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The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840 and was a time many of the modern inventions we take for granted today were created. See the fact file below for more information about the industrial revolution.
- The Industrial Revolution occurred in the last part of the 18th century. It began in Great Britain.
- This revolution was an economic one, and it changed the way the world produced goods.
- The population went from being agricultural to industrial. This meant people moved off of the farms and out of the country. There were huge numbers of people that moved into cities. Many people were forced to move to the cities to look for work. They ended up living in cities that could not support them.
- During this time, there were also many new advancements in technology. The assembly line was one of the biggest inventions. Henry Ford is credited with this invention.
- Some of the biggest advancements were in steam power. New fuels such as coal and petroleum, were used in these new steam engines. This revolutionized many industries including textiles and manufacturing.
- Another invention was called the telegraph. This made communicating across the ocean easier and much faster. Messages could be sent and received in minutes and delivered the same day. Writing a letter and sending it overseas could take weeks.
- The Industrial Revolution was not a good revolution for the earth. Industry was releasing huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and waste into the waterways and soil. Pollution by nuclear waste, pesticides and other chemicals are also the result of the Industrial Revolution.
- Many natural resources were being used up at an alarming rate.
- Advances in farming resulted in an increased supply of food and raw materials. The changes in industry and new technology resulted in increased production of thousands of goods. Companies were more efficient and earned bigger profits.
- The year 1760, is generally accepted as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In reality, the revolution began more than two centuries before this date. The late 18th century and the early l9th century brought out the ideas and discoveries of those who had lived a long time before like Galileo, Bacon, Descartes and others.
Industrial Revolution Worksheets
This bundle contains 17 ready-to-use industrial revolution worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about how the revolution was an economic one, and how it changed the way the world produced goods.
Students will also learn about facts surrounding the industrial revolution, factory growth and the conditions endured by workers within the revolution. Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple activities and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Industrial Revolution worksheets:
Name the Invention
Students are challenged to name the specific industrial revolution invention based upon the picture provided.
Reflection writing on the overpopulation of cities throughout the industrial revolution. Emotive task.
Students are introduced to the Morse code and have to decode the telegraph message.
Students are challenged to write about the importance of child workers laws which are in place today and why it is important.
Fill in the boxes to show off your steam-powered knowledge
Industrial Revolution Maze
Filler activity where students have to navigate a boat through a maze.
Make your Own Invention
Draw and describe your own invention. Fun task which explores critical thinking.
Industrial Revolution Quiz
Challenging quiz based upon the initial study material.
Industrial Revolution Acrostic
Each letter should spell out a word. Can the students complete all the letters?
Grandfathers of the Industrial Revolution
Reflective piece on the grandfathers of the industrial revolution.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding of the Industrial revolution and how it’s impacted society today.
- Define and identify inventions which are important to how we live today.
- Answer a series of challenging questions to hone their knowledge.
- Have a grasp of key inventors at the time of the revolution.
- Understand how the Revolution changed the way industry worked.
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum.If you need industrial revolution worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.