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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.
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.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Thomas Edison. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
Learners 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.
Students research the life of Thomas Edison. In this Thomas Edison 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.
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.
In this nineteenth-century American inventors online interactive learning exercise, students read paragraphs about Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Graham Bell and their inventions and answer comprehensive questions. Students answer 10 questions.
Learners 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.
Fifth graders study the inventors and their inventions that came from the state of Ohio. In this Ohio history activity, 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.
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.
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.
For 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.
Start off the school year by engaging learners in a creative study of inventors and their inventions.
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.
Students study the history of the light bulb and how an incandescent light bulb works.  In this electricity lesson students complete several experiments on the light bulb.
Thomas Edison facts can inspire students to create their own inventions, and persevere despite adversity.
In this writing prompt worksheet, 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.
Third graders conduct experiments with electricity. For this inventions lesson, 3rd graders read suggested texts about Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin, including So You Want to be an Inventor by David Small. Students then participate in two mini-experiments that include simulating lightning by rubbing styrofoam with wool. Students also construct circuits by using batteries, copper, sockets and flashlight bulbs.
Learners use maps, readings and photos to research and describe how Thomas Edison created the first modern laboratory complex. They simulate the process of invention and consider how technological advances have affected their own communities.

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