Having Fun with Levi (LS-HR-253)

Inventions can be a very useful topic to have your students engaged in the language classroom. The stories about interesting ‘products’ and equally interesting people from the past make even the younger students ‘lend their ears’ to the teacher.

Levi Strauss in the curriculum

For the 13-year-olds, inventions became a more challenging task. Clothes and fashion as the starting point followed by the story of jeans from Europeana blog are the basis of my learning scenario. I personally find Levi’s story motivating, so it is only natural to teach a lesson about his patent in the classroom. I wanted the students to understand that success comes with hard work and learning.

Students’ individual work and ideas

After reading the Europeana blog about jeans students continue working on EdPuzzle. They watch a video about the indigo plant and answer the questions while watching it. The video can show how hard work and creativity lead to a high-quality product.

After the reading and watching tasks, students continue their individual work by using the Online Cambridge Dictionary to create a crossword puzzle (any other crossword making tool can be used).

The final task for the students is to think of, describe, and draw their own invention. Their ideas can be surprising: a clock that gives you money every quarter of an hour, a very clever self-working pen, a magic seed… 

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CC BY 2.5: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and has been provided by Stiftelsen Nordiska Museet.

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