Radio Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Your students may not believe that at one time, radios were cutting-edge technology. Students will read a text lesson about the radio's history and uses, play a fact-based game, then do a project to demonstrate their understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the invention of the radio, including key figures
  • explain the historical purposes and uses of the radio
  • tell how radios are used today


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.2

Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.


  • Copies of the lesson History of the Radio, one for each student
  • Audio samples of radio broadcasts
  • Images of radios throughout history
  • Index cards
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Markers
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Heinrich Hertz
  • Guglielmo Marconi
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Ernst Alexanderson
  • Reginald Fessenden
  • Edwin Armstrong

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