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A science and technology reading lesson on robots.
 

COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY:
ROBOTS

An elementary science lesson on the purpose of robots. The creation of robots was a huge technological advance which has assisted with both menial every day and large governmental tasks. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 

Objectives:

By completing this lesson, students will learn about robots, and in the process demonstrate their reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

ROBOTS TECHNOLOGY LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the Robots reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

 

Lesson Excerpt

What exactly is a robot? Is a robot a walking, talking, machine that takes on a near human form? Or, is it a mechanical device that performs the same action in an assembly line for 20 hours a day? Can we call a converted automobile that travels across the desert without the help of its human creators a robot? Maybe a robot can also be a creative sliver of software that cruises around the web collecting recipes for you while you are at school.

In today's world a robot is simply an automated machine that is designed to help people with their work. The term "robot" is derived from the Czechoslovakian word robota which means "tedious labor" or hard work! In 1920 the playwright Karel Capek created the word "robot" in his play RUR or Rossum's Universal Robots. In the play, humanoid machines take over the world by killing all the humans—well, all but one. You may have seen a similar story in the movie I-robot. Not to worry, though, because those kinds of robots don't exist…..yet.

Robots Today

The type of robot that we see in movies like I-robot and the Jetsons (Remember Rosie?) can think on their own, learn from their experiences, move about and makes decisions much like a human being -- without someone else telling them what to do. In reality, the robots that exist today cannot do these things. However, these science fiction robots have provided a vision of what robots might be someday -- thinking machines that help people.

It is best to think about robotics in the same way that we think about computers. The power of a computer is amazing and keeps getting better. However, a computer is dependent on us to type information into it or give it commands using the mouse or keyboard. Robots are typically computers with legs, arms or wheels. They cannot move or think unless we teach them to. (continued...)

 

 

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Robots

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 Includes reading passage, questions, and answer sheet.

 

 

 

 

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