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Thomas Edison's Inventions in the 1900s and Today: From "New" to You!
Students 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.
Thomas Edison's Influence on the World
Learners 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.
In this online interactive history quiz activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Thomas Edison. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
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.
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.
A Survey of Thomas Edison's Inventions
Students complete a web survey for Thomas Edison's inventions. In this Thomas Edison lesson, students visit the websites to learn about the inventions of Thomas Edison.
Life of Thomas Edison
Young scholars research the life of Thomas Edison. In this Thomas Edison lesson, students explore major life events of Thomas Edison. Young scholars investigate the inventions of Thomas Edison. Students discover how various fields of study interact with each other.
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.
Case Studies of American Innovation
Studnets discover how the Industrial Revolution came to be in the United States. For this technological advancements lesson, learners research creations by Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, and Thomas Edison. Students create PowerPoint presentations based on their research findings.
Learning About the Great Inventor: Thomas Edison Lesson Plans
Thomas Edison facts can inspire students to create their own inventions, and persevere despite adversity.
Economic Spotter: Inventors and Entrepreneurs in the Industrial Age
Students examine the relationship between inventors and industries. They analyze the life of Thomas Edison. They also identify characteristics that entrepreneurs possess.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about the accomplishments of Thomas Edison. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Inventors & Their Inventions
Students complete a number of activities about inventors and inventions. They compete in an invent a pizza contest, after researching the inventions of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers.
Fifth graders study the inventors and their inventions that came from the state of Ohio. For 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. Students use encyclopedias and electronic sources to complete research of the inventors.
Who Invented the First Music Player?
Students utilize web sites imbedded in this plan to gather information on Emile Berliner and Thomas Edison with respect to their inventions of music players. A class discussion follow on the two men and their contributions.
This Little Light of Mine: Understanding Light Bulbs
One of the inventions that has greatly impacted the world is Thomas Edison's light bulb. From his incandescent bulb, to today's LED bulbs, illuminate middle schoolers with the way they convert electricity into light and heat. Handouts include reading passages, worksheets, and lab procedures for building a flashlight. This is a straightforward and well-rounded exploration of light.
In this mathematics worksheet, students identify and define various vocabulary terms related to Thomas Edison through a math puzzle. There are nine problems to solve on the sheet.
Importance of Ohio Inventors
Fifth graders examine Ohio inventors and inventions. In this inventors lesson students use a graphic organizer to collect information on Industrial Era inventions and inventors in Ohio. They play a warm-up guessing game with a slide show.
Calling All Inventors: Celebrate National Inventors Month
Start off the school year by engaging learners in a creative study of inventors and their inventions.