Steamboat Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about steamboats with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz, and participate in a fun hands-on activity to reinforce concepts about steamboats.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, your students will be able to:

  • Describe the reasons for the rise and fall of steamboats
  • Explain the types of steamboats and their characteristics
  • Name the men who first designed and promoted the first steamboats


1-1.5 Hours


Key Vocabulary

  • James Watt
  • John Fitch
  • Keelboats
  • Paddlewheel
  • Robert Fulton
  • Robert Livingston
  • Sidewheelers
  • Sternwheelers

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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