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Thomas Edison's Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From "New" to You!
Young scholars research types of technology available to Americans at the beginning of the 20th century and compare the style of living to modern times. They identify Thomas Edison's contributions to technology and their own current lifestyles.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Thomas Edison's Bright Ideas
Thomas Alva Edison may be one of the most well-known scientists to elementary or middle schoolers. Use his story to show that he invented more than just the light bulb and to inspire youngsters to work hard! You could use this on the first day of any science class, or specifically use it in an engineering unit when talking about inventions.
4th - 8th Science
Nineteenth Century Progress
Highlight some of the major players and progressive inventions that shaped the latter half of the 19th century. From Thomas Edison to Vaudeville, this outline of pop and tech culture provides an American cultural context. Note: Use this presentation for comparing American culture to other cultures.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
Thomas Edison's Influence on the World
Students examine the numerous contributions and inventions of Thomas Edison. They discuss the invention of crayons, and identify who invented the lightbulb. Next, in pairs they receive sentences about Thomas Edison and place them in chronological order.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Thomas Edison's Inventions in the 1900s And Today: From "New" to You!
Students become familiar with life and technology around 1900 in order to better explain how Edison influenced both. They discover how Edison's work was the foundation for technology they enjoy today.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
In this nineteenth-century American inventors online interactive worksheet, learners read paragraphs about Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Graham Bell and their inventions and answer comprehensive questions. Students answer 10 questions.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History
Thomas Edison Timeline
Students research inventor Thomas Edison finding his discoveries and the challenges he overcame. They compile a list of Edison's most important inventions and their dates. They explain why they think each invention was important. They create a timeline of Edison's inventions using Crayola products.
1st - 6th Social Studies & History
Who were the Victorians? They were people who lived and made public contributions during the Victorian Age. First the class learns a bit about several famous Victorians, then they complete a series of activities using their text. They draw inventions, take notes, and create a fact file on three famous Victorian people.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Fifth graders study the inventors and their inventions that came from the state of Ohio. In this Ohio history lesson, 5th graders study the inventors and inventions from Ohio. Students learn about the Wright Brothers, Thomas Kettering, Garrett Morgan, Granville Woods, and Thomas Edison.
5th 21st Century Skills
Thomas Edison and His Inventions
Students listen to a biography of Thomas Edison which includes the the facts that he was unable to be successful in elementary school and that he was partially deaf. They brainstorm the effects of those two disabilities could have had on Edison and then using the web, construct a list of the most important inventions credited to him.
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History
The Industrial Revolution
Consisting of of a pre-test, a class discussion, an oral presentation, and a web exploration and internet research activity your young historians will engage with the content of this plan. Your class will define the differences between industrial and developing nations, the Industrialization in England, and all the inventions that made it possible.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History
Life of Thomas Edison
Students research the life of Thomas Edison. In this Thomas Edison instructional activity, students explore major life events of Thomas Edison. Students investigate the inventions of Thomas Edison. Students discover how various fields of study interact with each other.
4th - 5th Science
October 6, 1889 - 1st Motion Picture
In this writing prompt activity, students learn that October 6, 1889 was the day Thomas Edison showed the first motion picture using a Kinetoscope. Students write about whether they think the invention was the most important invention ever and why or why not.
7th - 8th English Language Arts