Assembly Line Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
This lesson plan helps you teach your students about the Industrial Age concept of the assembly line. Students will learn about the history, examine advantages, and participate in an experiment to learn about the assembly line.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the history of the assembly line
  • name advantages of assembly lines
  • list modern assembly line methods
  • calculate time saved by using assembly line practices


45 minutes


  • Construction paper
  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stopwatch or other timing device

Key Vocabulary

  • Mass production
  • Eli Whitney
  • Reduced cost
  • Increased production and better uniformity
  • Interchangeable parts
  • Just-in-time

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.10

By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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