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Ben and Me: Ben Franklin History Through Literature Unit

Guide your fifth graders through an engaging study of revolutionary and scientific history with Robert Lawson's historical novel told from the point of view of Ben Franklin's mouse. The book is Ben Franklin: An Astonishing Life. You can find five useful lessons and the unit test by selecting the unit overview link and then clicking on the icon of the two mice with a large chunk of cheese. Lessons include a book preview and making a book journal, exploring aphorisms, online research of inventions, short story writing, and a sequencing activity. Links to worksheets, templates, and other supplementary materials can be found on pages for the individual lessons.  

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Resource Details

Grade
5th
Subjects
English Language Arts
4 more...
Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Duration
14 days
Instructional Strategy
Project-Based Learning
Usage Permissions
Fine Print
Included Materials
  • Cluster Worksheet: Lesson 1
  • Daily Journal Template: Lesson 1
  • My Private Dictionary: Lesson 1
  • Benjamin's Famous Maxims Worksheet: Lesson 2
  • Invention Research Sheet: Lesson 3
  • Individual Invention Worksheet: Lesson 3
  • Eureka We've Done It! Group Invention Project Sheet (1 of 2): Lesson 3
  • Eureka We've Done It! Group Invention Project Sheet (2 of 2): Lesson 3
  • The Franklin Institute: Benjamin Franklin Inventor: Lesson 4
  • Lost Chapters of Ben and Me Worksheet: Lesson 4
  • Sequencing Cards: Lesson 5
  • Kite-Making Activity Sheet
  • Sample Kite Sheet: Lesson 5
  • Cluster Worksheet: Lesson 1
  • Daily Journal Template: Lesson 1
  • My Private Dictionary: Lesson 1
  • Benjamin's Famous Maxims Worksheet: Lesson 2
  • Invention Research Sheet: Lesson 3
  • Individual Invention Worksheet: Lesson 3
  • Eureka We've Done It! Group Invention Project Sheet (1 of 2): Lesson 3
  • Eureka We've Done It! Group Invention Project Sheet (2 of 2): Lesson 3
  • The Franklin Institute: Benjamin Franklin Inventor: Lesson 4
  • Lost Chapters of Ben and Me Worksheet: Lesson 4
  • Sequencing Cards: Lesson 5
  • Kite-Making Activity Sheet
  • Sample Kite Sheet: Lesson 5
  • Project