Step 1: Learn About Specialization, Division of Labor and Mass Production
Complete the reading: Mass Production, Specialization,
and Division of Labor.
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
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
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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