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English home language

Grade 7

Module 6

Inventions

Listen to an imaginary start to your day long, long ago….

PICTURE THIS

You wake up in the morning when it gets light. No electricity yet. There are also no alarm clocks to jolt you awake - they weren’t invented until 1847. Instead of struggling out of bed (no beds for a few thousand years), you crawl out of a pile of skins. Your clothes are skins too; people didn’t figure out how to spin wool or weave cloth for another thousand years or so. You don’t need to worry about brushing your teeth. The Chinese invented toothbrushes only about the time Columbus sailed to America (1492). Electric toothbrushes didn’t come along until 1961.

You are in for some surprises for breakfast too. Forget about cornflakes swimming in delicious cold milk. John and Will Kellogg didn’t invent Kellogg’s Corn Flakes until 1898, and there were no electric refrigerators to keep milk cold until the early 1900s. Breakfast 10 000 years ago is a bone left over from yesterday’s kill. If you feel the need to go to the bathroom, head for the bushes. There were no flush toilets until an English poet named Sir John Harrington designed and built one for himself in about 1596.

And so we could go on and on….

Inventions were often as a result of people wanting to make things more comfortable or as labour-saving devices. Take the wheel for example. The wheel made carrying heavy loads much easier.

LO 1.1

Proverbs inspired by inventions?

  1. _______________is the mother of invention.
  2. Where there is a______________there is a way.
  3. If at first you don’t___________, try, try and try again.
LO 6.4.3

INVENTING

Every moment of your day you are surrounded by INVENTIONS. Just think of all the inventions in your morning from the time you get up till first break: a shower; hair-dryer; toothbrush; flush toilet; toaster; kettle; television; car; calculator; plastic lunchbox…Needless to say, the list could go on and on.

What to do

  • Make a list of household and school appliances which you use daily.
  • Now compare your list within your group.
  • Pick out the TOP TEN according to your group and list them in order of importance in YOUR life. (This is easy if you think about being dropped off in some remote place without any of the inventions you have listed. Which ten would you miss most?)
LO 2.2
LO 5.3.1

What to do next

  • Write a piece of no more than 150 words entitled IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT…
  • Write 4 paragraphs - 1. Introduction.

- 2. What you COULD live without if you absolutely HAD to, but with great difficulty.

- 3. What you absolutely could NOT survive without at all and why.

- 4. Ending.

  • Be original and try a touch of humour.

FOR THE EDUCATOR : Encourage use of mind maps. Remember drafts, editing, and peer checking.

LO 4.1.2

OLD AND NEW

In each list, THREE of the items are modern inventions and humans have used ONE of them for hundreds of years. Spot the odd one out and highlight it.

  1. polythene, leather, elastic, fibreglass
  2. margarine, cornflakes, honey, potato crisps
  3. radio, television, refrigerator, clock
  4. polystyrene, plastic, glass, nylon
  5. button, zip fastener, stud, Velcro

Questions & Answers

what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, English home language grade 7. OpenStax CNX. Sep 09, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11018/1.1
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