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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
Revolutionizing the Auto Industry: Henry Ford
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Helen Keller
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

History of Automobiles
Invent a Sport
Inventions Plus
Inventions: 1780-1870
Understanding Penicillin and Mold
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Famous Firsts in Aviation
Booker T. Washington
List of Firsts for U.S. Cities
Women Inventors
African-American Inventors
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Now or Long Ago?
Chinese Inventions Word Search
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
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
Women Scientists & Inventors Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
More Inventions Resources for Women's History Month

Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
Sarah Breedlove Walker -- Coloring Page
Joseph Winters Coloring Page
Jan E. Matzeliger
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Coloring Page
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Sell It Like It Is!
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
What's in a Name?
What Do You Know About Tattoos?
It's Instrumental! Invent an Instrument
Photographs in a Flash
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!
When Did That Happen?
Who's Responsible for This?
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
Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

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

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

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

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

The Invention of the Light Bulb Little Book
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
George Washington Carver
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

All About Rickshaws
Nonstop Flight Around the World
Transportation Firsts Layered Little Book
Learn About Transportation Firsts
More Inventions in Transportation History


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