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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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Printables

Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Learn About Transportation Firsts
Inventions & Machines Printable Book (K-4)
Create Your Own Invention
If My Calculator Could Talk!
The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

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

References

Timeline: The Early Years of Video Games (1889-1972)
List of Firsts for U.S. Cities
Women Inventors
African-American Inventors
Booker T. Washington
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Chinese Inventions Word Search
Ingenious Inventors Match
Now or Long Ago?
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)
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
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Inventors
Jan E. Matzeliger
George Washington Carver
Biographies of African-American Inventors
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
What's in a Name?
Sell It Like It Is!
My Invention Book
It's Instrumental! Invent an Instrument
My Invention
All About Ballet Tutus
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

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

The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Louis Braille Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Pen Is Mightier
Reading Warm-Up 35 for Gr. 3 & 4: American History
Albert Einstein Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Famous Firsts in Aviation
List of Inventions and Discoveries
Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Samuel Morse
Invent a Flying Machine
Classroom Catapults
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 Kool-Aid® Reading Warm-Up
History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Popsicle Reading Warm-Up
What Are Some Bacterial Diseases?
More Inventions Resources for Health & Safety

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Helen Keller
My Book of Ingenious Inventors
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
Famous Firsts: 1940s
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
World War II Aircraft
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

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

Highlights

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

June Calendar of Events
June is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: U.N. World Environment Day (6/5), D-Day (6/6), World Oceans Day (6/8), Diary Day (6/12), Flag Day (6/14), Ramadan Begins (6/18), World Refugee Day (6/20), Father's Day (6/21), Summer Begins (6/21), and Meteor Day (6/30). Plus, celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month and Safety Month all June long!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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