Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park

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What would change in your daily life due to a power outage? Here, learners explore the inventions brought to us by the one and only, Thomas Edison, and imagine a day without them. Scholars take part in a grand conversation and write a paragraph detailing their thoughts. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a Thomas Edison-themed bulletin board featuring his quotes and the lesson's essential question 
  • Go on a walking field trip to identify different types of lighting 
  • Create a blog post listing each Edison quote and question from the follow-up activity, direct pupils to answer the question and respond to a peer 
Classroom Considerations

  • Depending on the age group you teach and your location, the mention of Hurricane Sandy may not impact the discussion, use another applicable example if needed 
Pros

  • Provides a thorough background of Thomas Edison  
  • Includes an extension activity as well as additional links for further examination of the topic 
Cons

  • None
Common Core