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Inventions – Teacher Resources

May is National Inventors Month. Explore inventors and inventions with your students by using lessons and printables to discover a world of unlimited possibilities. There are plenty of hands-on science activities to encourage creativity and engage students of all ages in learning. From catapults to artificial hearts, you'll find a variety of reading passages about the history and people behind innovations in technology. Additional resources include art activities, puzzles, and timelines.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

Introducing Inventions Mini-Lesson
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List of Inventions and Discoveries
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Create Your Own Invention
Helen Keller
The Invention of the Light Bulb Little Book
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

Invent a Sport
Inventions Plus
Invention Connection
Inventions: 1780-1870
Understanding Penicillin and Mold
More Inventions Lesson Plans


Women Inventors
George Washington Carver
Messages on Candy Hearts
List of Firsts for U.S. Cities
African-American Inventors
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Chinese Inventions Word Search
The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
Now or Long Ago?
Ingenious Inventors Match
Timeline: The Early Years of Video Games (1889-1972)
More Inventions Games & Puzzles

Inventions Resources for Women's History Month

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Women Scientists & Inventors Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
More Inventions Resources for Women's History Month

Inventions Resources for Black History Month

George Washington Carver Little Book
Booker T. Washington
Jan E. Matzeliger
Biographies of African-American Inventors
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
Lewis Howard Latimer Coloring Page
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

What's in a Name?
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
What Do You Know About Tattoos?
All About Ballet Tutus
Photographs in a Flash
The Invention of the Zoom Lens
Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
More Inventions Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Invention
Eye Wonder: Invention
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies

Inventions & Mathematics Connected

If My Calculator Could Talk!
Make an Invention Time Line
Who's Responsible for This?
When Did That Happen?
Literature & Math: Stories About Time
More Inventions Activities for Math Class

Inventions Resources for Language Arts

History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
All About the Typewriter
Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Cotton Gin: A Reading Warm-Up
Invention of Kool-Aid® Reading Warm-Up
Reading Warm-Up 46 for Gr. 1 & 2: American History
Science Reading Warm-Up: Medical Technology
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Famous Firsts in Aviation
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Inventions & Machines Printable Book (K-4)
Classroom Catapults
Invent a Flying Machine
Invent-a-Fair Introduction
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

Invention of the Popsicle Reading Warm-Up
The Microwave Oven
A Chilling Experience
A Frozen Delight: Making Ice Cream
What Are Some Bacterial Diseases?
How Has Disease Affected Us over Time?
More Inventions Resources for Health & Safety

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

My Book of Ingenious Inventors
The TV Generation
Invention of the Cell Phone: A Reading Warm-Up
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
John Fitch Lesson Handout
John Fitch: Pioneer Steamboat Inventor
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

History of Automobiles
Railroads Reading Warm-Up
All About Rickshaws
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
More Inventions in Transportation History


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Poptropica Teaching Guides
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July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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