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Comprehension Instructional Sequence Model Lesson Plans: Assembly


Unit Description:

FLATE, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center for Manufacturing, has developed a curriculum to prepare students for careers in manufacturing. These Comprehension Instructional Sequence Model (CIS) Lesson Plans are intended to “build learners’ background knowledge in STEM areas, expand their vocabularies, and to promote reading and writing success.” Each model lesson includes materials based around reading, research, industry tours, and reflection through discussion and essay writing.

This lesson is part of the Comprehension Instructional Sequence Model (CIS) Lesson Plans.

Lesson Description:

This model lesson from FLATE focuses on assembly, and asks students to consider the following question: "Imagine you own a manufacturing pencil company and you have been asked to make 100 mechanical pencils in the shortest amount of time possible. Think about a strategic manufacturing plan. Which assembly steps will you use?" In answering the question, students will: 1) Explore the history of the assembly line process, 2) Identify how manufacturing assembly has been made more efficient, and 3) Analyze the effect new technologies have on the modern assembly line process. Completion of the activity in full takes four classroom sessions to complete. 

The completion of the lesson in full takes four 50-minute class periods. Resources available as part of this lesson include a Teacher Lesson Plan & Grading Rubric, a Teacher Lesson Guide Presentation, a Lesson Article, a Student Worksheet, and a Company Profile Worksheet.

For orientation purposes, viewers should begin with the ‘CIS Teacher Lesson MFG Day’ PDF document, which is included as a separate attachment. This document offers a description of the lesson as well as an overview of topics covered and the intended audience.

Lesson Contents:

The Lesson Plan document includes lesson objectives and expectations, relevant Common Core standards, required materials and supplies, a detailed sequence for both teacher presentation and student completion of the lesson, and a grading rubric for the essay that serves as evidence of student achievement.

The PowerPoint presentation covers an introduction to the assembly line process, basic vocabulary, directions for student activities and assignments, and class discussion questions. 

The 2013 article, titled "Ford Launched the Modern Assembly Line a Century Ago and Changed Society" covers breakthroughs in assembly innovation made during the production of the Model T and their social impact. 

The five page Student Worksheet, designed to be used throughout the four day lesson, includes space for students to think critically both before and after reading the article, a page for directed note-taking, and space to compose their reflective essay.

The Company Profile worksheet guides students in finding information online to answer questions about a manufacturing company.

Below is a list of the files contained within the .zip attachment. The size of each file is included in parenthesis. 

Assembly (5 files, 7MB)

  • Assembly Lesson Plan (1_CIS Teacher Lesson MFG Day_Assembly.doc 4.5MB)
  • Assembly Presentation (2_Assembly in Manufactruing_Presentation.pptx​ 2.1MB)
  • Ford Launched the Modern Assembly Line a Century Ago and Changed Society Article (4_Article_Ford Assembly Line.pdf​ 213KB)
  • Assembly Student Worksheet (5_Student Worksheet Assembly Questions and Essay.pdf​ 85KB)
  • Company Profile (6_Company Profile Worksheet.pdf​ 65KB)
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