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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
Helen Keller
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Create Your Own Invention
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Famous Firsts in Aviation
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

Invent a Sport
Inventions Plus
John Fitch: Pioneer Steamboat Inventor
Understanding Penicillin and Mold
Invention Connection
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Biographies of African-American Inventors
Aviation: Over and on the Sea
African-American Inventors
Messages on Candy Hearts
Booker T. Washington
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
Women Scientists & Inventors Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
Women Inventors
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
Joseph Winters Coloring Page
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
Jan E. Matzeliger
Sarah Breedlove Walker -- Coloring Page
George Washington Carver
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

What's in a Name?
Light Bulbs
More with Less: R. Buckminster Fuller
The Invention of the Zoom Lens
Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
It's Instrumental! Invent an Instrument
What Do You Know About Tattoos?
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!
Literature & Math: Stories About Time
Make an Invention Time Line
Who's Responsible for This?
When Did That Happen?
More Inventions Activities for Math Class

Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Invention of the Cell Phone: A Reading Warm-Up
Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Airplane: A Reading Warm-Up
The Wright Brothers Reading Warm-Up
Introduction to Inventions Word Power
Activities for Jet Plane: How it Works, My Readers: Level 4
Investigate an Invention
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Bringing Science History to Life
How an Electric Light Bulb Works
All About Pneumatic Tires
Invent-a-Fair Entry Form
Invent-a-Fair Introduction
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

A Frozen Delight: Making Ice Cream
The Microwave Oven
A Chilling Experience
History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Popsicle Reading Warm-Up
Invention of Kool-Aid® Reading Warm-Up
How Has Disease Affected Us over Time?
More Inventions Resources for Health & Safety

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
John Fitch Lesson Handout
Louis Braille
My Book of Ingenious Inventors
Famous Firsts: 1940s
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

History of Automobiles
All About Rickshaws
Transportation Firsts Layered Little Book
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
More Inventions in Transportation History

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