Lesson Plan

Riveting Robots: An Introduction

Exploration into the World of Robots in Society
Susan M.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
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Students will be able to...

  • Research and read about the different types of robots that exist in the world today. 
  • Explain and discuss how robots are important in our society.
  • Present in front of an audience.
  • Reading for key ideas and details.
  • Write using supporting evidence. 




English Language Arts
reading comprehension
Social Studies
cultural understanding
global awareness
the economy
Grades 5 - 8
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1 Engage

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Begin a discussion on robots in society using Padlet (or another tool like it) to crowd source thoughts and ideas. Questions may include:

  • What do you know about robots?
  • What is the most interesting robot you have ever seen?
Student Instructions

Students share knowledge of what they know about robots.

2 Explore and Explain

Present these two essential questions to be explored:

  • "In what ways have robots impacted our society?"
  • "What role do you think will robots play in our future society?"

Show students the Robots for iPad app and how it is organized to include current news. Using a note taking app such as Paper or Evernote , teach them how to take notes from different media, specifically focusing on the essential question. 

Explain to students that they will be creating a digital presentation of their research.  Give options such as a slideshow, infographic, video, graphic. 

Students work in small groups to research. Facilitate the exploration by helping those that need it and guiding beyond the question as needed. 

Student Instructions

Students discover, explore and document information on how robots have impacted our society.  They also project ideas on what our future will look like with robots. 

Students consider options for final presentation as they research - slideshow, infographic, graphics, video. 

3 Elaborate and Present

Model and help students create an effective presentation. Here you may want to add mini-lessons on what is a good presentation and how to communicate to an audience. 

Student Instructions

Create presentations. Get feedback. Make revisions.