The Industrial Revolution was a time of dramatic change, from hand tools and handmade items, to products which were mass produced by machines. Workers became more productive. Since more items were manufactured, prices dropped, making exclusive and hard to make items available to the poor and not only the rich and elite. Life generally improved, but the Industrial Revolution also proved harmful. Pollution increased, working conditions were harmful, and factory owners employed women and young children, making them work long and hard hours. The Industrial Revolution was a time for change, for better or worse.

This webquest is dedicated to the Industrial Revolution, the changes that occurred, and how it effected modern life.This webquest demonstrates the transition from hand tools to machines and shows the pros and cons of the revolution. Before you begin your assignment, take a quick tour of the industrial revolution:

Industrial Revolution Background Information


a. In addition to having a cover page, you should also have an introduction answering the following three questions in paragraphs:

Why was there an Industrial Revolution?

How did the Industrial Revolution benefit people?

How did the Industrial Revolution prove harmful to people?


 Choose one of the following:

b.  Resume - Create a fact-based resume for someone famous during this time period. (Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison, Robert Fulton, Samuel Morse, Louis Pasteur, James Watt, Eli Whitney, etc…)

Resume Template

Industrial Revolution Info

Eureka! Characteristics of Inventors (click on "Visit Site")  

c.   Advertisement - Pretend that you are a salesperson whose job is to convince people to purchase your new invention. Using facts, you must "sell" your product to the consumer. Use the following template when making your advertisement:


*What is your invention's title/name?

*Why should the consumer buy it? (How will it benefit him/her?)

*How does your product work?

*When and why was your product invented?

d. Diary or Journal - Write three diary or journal entries as if you were a child laborer. (Each journal should be dated and at least a paragraph long.)

For information try the following web site:

Child Labor in Factories

 g.  Newspaper Article - Pretend that you are an investigative reporter. Your assignment is to provide your readers with the facts about the pros and cons of the transition from farm life to factory life. Make sure that you include your opinion as to whether this "revolution" is more beneficial or more harmful to society overall. (Your article should be a page long, with a title and a picture from the Internet.)


Have a good time working on this!



Compiled by Lakeville School Grade 5 Teachers