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Thomas Edison's Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From "New" to You!
Learners 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
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...
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...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Thomas Edison and His Inventions
Pupils 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...
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History
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...
7th - 8th English Language Arts