I have googled "reforming the industrial world" "industrial revolution reformers" "industrial revolution reform movement" and all I seem to be getting is a bunch of PPT's which yes they do help in setting up a lecture but I could really use some sort of activity to get the students involved with the material.
Padawan - Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol/Scrooge" in response to the industrial revolution. (Not forgetting your fellow man while the industrial revolution is contributing to a booming economy in England) While it may be out of place in April/May, maybe you could tie it in to what your teaching and conclude with a "Christmas in May" activity? Could be fun!
I've got a bunch of topic-neutral history assignments on my website at www.mrroughton.com. Any number of them could be adapted to fit your topic. I'd recommend first looking at the profiler stuff for this topic in particular.
I'm serious about Engels: see his The Condition of the Working Class in England for vivid and insightful descriptions of the costs of industrialization. There used to be a selection in Norton's Anthology, but in more recent editions have probably replaced it with some stupid homage to Margaret Dumont or something.
Followup:Yeah; it's online. See "The Industrial Proletariat" and especially "The Great Towns" (about Manchester).
Have them become factory workers and make a product..something cheap and maybe silly but an assembly line kind of thing. Like putting together beads on a necklace or something simple and each person has one thing to do...Maybe not just a thought..it involves them and maybe help them remember what the industrial revolution was all about.