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Activity 5 – Production Prediction

Step 1: Learn About Specialization, Division of Labor and Mass Production

Complete the reading: Mass Production, Specialization, and Division of Labor.

Maytag-Mason Auto 1910

Step 2: Make a Prediction

In this activity you will have the opportunity to make a prediction after you review the following early Waterloo industries:

Decide which industries would likely have used specialization, division of labor and mass production and which ones would not. Complete this chart.

Step 3: What Does it Take to Make a Product Today?

Bring to the classroom containers of unopened household products such as shampoo, paper towels, soap or dishwashing liquid.

With a partner, choose one product. Then list the steps it would take to make the product. Think about packaging, printing, the container, the contents, etc.

Step 4: Mass Production Matrix

With your partner, complete the Mass Production Matrix and identify the advantages and disadvantages of mass production using an assembly line from the perspective of:

  • factory owners
  • factory workers
  • consumers

Step 5: Mass Production versus Made by Hand

With your partner, explore your classroom. Make a list of all of the items in your classroom that were mass produced and those that were made by hand. Which list is longer?

Then share your chart with your classmates.


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