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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
More Mini-Lessons


Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Helen Keller
List of Inventions and Discoveries
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Create Your Own Invention
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Women Inventors
George Washington Carver
History of Chopsticks
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Booker T. Washington
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Chinese Inventions Word Search
Now or Long Ago?
Ingenious Inventors Match
The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
Individual Room Temperature Controls Puzzle & Reading Passage
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

George Washington Carver Little Book
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
Lewis Howard Latimer Coloring Page
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Coloring Page
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Back to Nature?
My Invention Book
Sell It Like It Is!
My Invention
Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
Light Bulbs
More with Less: R. Buckminster Fuller
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!
Make an Invention Time Line
When Did That Happen?
Who's Responsible for This?
Literature & Math: Stories about Time
More Inventions Activities for Math Class

Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Wright Brothers Reading Warm-Up
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Invention of Kool-Aid® Reading Warm-Up
History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
Robert Fulton: Inventor
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Samuel Morse
Classroom Catapults
How an Electric Light Bulb Works
Thomas Edison Revisited
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

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

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

My Book of Ingenious Inventors
The Invention of the Light Bulb Little Book
Famous Firsts: 1940s
All About Washing Machines
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
What's Next for Bill Gates? Reading Warm-Up
Louis Braille
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

Learn About Transportation Firsts
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
Transportation Firsts Layered Little Book
Reading Warm-Up 35 for Gr. 3 & 4: American History
All About Rickshaws
More Inventions in Transportation History
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