Henry Ford Games & Activities

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Industrialist Henry Ford made significant contributions to manufacturing and the American workforce. In this lesson, teachers will acquire classroom games and activities designed to help students learn about the life and work of this famous automobile magnate.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford was a giant of manufacturing and industrial progress. Even people who know nothing about the man know the cars and processes he pioneered more than a hundred years ago. The games and activities in this lesson are intended to complement a larger unit about Ford and his significant contributions. Because of this, it's important for students to have a working knowledge of the man in order to get the most out of these activities.

Improve It

Perhaps Ford's most important contribution is the popularization of the assembly line. The assembly line, in which different individuals assemble a product piece by piece at different stations, allowed for mass production, which in turn lowered the cost of goods and increased the speed at which they could be produced. Producing products for less money and at greater speed allowed previously unobtainable products, like the automobile, to be affordable enough for average people to obtain.

In this activity, students will use the concept of Ford's assembly line to suggest improvements to a system currently utilized in school. For example, students could figure out a way to make the lunch line move faster or how to increase the efficiency of the bus pick-up and drop-off procedure. This activity works best in small groups so that students can share ideas and collaborate.

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