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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
Create Your Own Invention
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Helen Keller
The Invention of the Light Bulb Little Book
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

Invent a Sport
Inventions: 1780-1870
John Fitch: Pioneer Steamboat Inventor
Inventions Plus
Understanding Penicillin and Mold
More Inventions Lesson Plans


Famous Firsts in Aviation
List of Firsts for U.S. Cities
Women Inventors
Booker T. Washington
Messages on Candy Hearts
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Chinese Inventions Word Search
Now or Long Ago?
The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
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)
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
More Inventions Resources for Women's History Month

Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
African-American Inventors
Lewis Howard Latimer Coloring Page
George Washington Carver
Jan E. Matzeliger
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Sell It Like It Is!
It's Instrumental! Invent an Instrument
What's in a Name?
What Do You Know About Tattoos?
Fact Pyramid
Back to Nature?
More Inventions Activities for Art, Music, & Drama

Digital Books

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

Inventions & Mathematics Connected

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

Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Invention of the Cell Phone: A Reading Warm-Up
The iPod® Reading Warm-Up
History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Airplane: A Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Telescopes
Invention of Kool-Aid® Reading Warm-Up
The Pen Is Mightier
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
All About Pneumatic Tires
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Classroom Catapults
How an Electric Light Bulb Works
The Acadian Dikes
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

Invention of the Popsicle Reading Warm-Up
A Chilling Experience
The Microwave Oven
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

Benjamin Franklin Little Book
What's Next for Bill Gates? Reading Warm-Up
John Fitch Lesson Handout
Biographies of African-American Inventors
Joseph Winters Coloring Page
Sarah Breedlove Walker -- Coloring Page
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

History of Automobiles
Nonstop Flight Around the World
All About Rickshaws
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
More Inventions in Transportation History

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