Introducing Inventions Mini-Lesson

Students will learn how discoveries differ from inventions as they are introduced to a variety of different kinds of inventions via PowerPoint slideshow.
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Eyewitness: Invention
Eyewitness: Invention
Lionel Bender

Discover the fascinating story behind amazing inventions and learn how they have changed the world.

Objective
Students will learn how discoveries differ from inventions as they are introduced to a variety of different kinds of inventions.
Suggested Time
15 minutes
Reading Level
Upper Elementary

Teacher Background

An invention is something that is devised by human effort and that did not exist before. A discovery on the other hand, is something that
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Continue the Conversation
Ask students what new inventions they've heard about. New computer games and toys might be mentioned, but be sure to point out additional applications. For example, in the medical field there are many inventions—from robotics used in prosthetics to lip-reading computers—that help people move and communicate in more efficient ways.
Write about it
Have students write a paragraph entitled "The World's Best Invention—So Far!" Encourage them to think carefully about their nomination and include reasons to support why they chose that particular invention. As an extension of this activity, students could do more research on the invention they chose—then give a verbal report to the class.

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Word Power Vocabulary
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to inventions by using each defined word in a sentence.

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Invention Process: The Telephone
Grade: 3
Students read about and discuss Alexander Graham Bell and his process of inventing the telephone.

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