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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
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Create Your Own Invention
Helen Keller
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Cell Phone: A Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

Invent a Sport
History of Automobiles
Inventions: 1780-1870
Invention Connection
Inventions Plus
More Inventions Lesson Plans


Timeline: The Early Years of Video Games (1889-1972)
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Passenger Planes: Boeing 707
Steve Jobs Biography
Robert Bunsen Biography
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
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
Women Scientists & Inventors Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
Women Inventors
More Inventions Resources for Women's History Month

Inventions Resources for Black History Month

George Washington Carver Little Book
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Lewis Howard Latimer Coloring Page
Inventive Analogies
Everyone Needs Shoes
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
The Invention of the Zoom Lens
What's in a Name?
My Invention Book
Light Bulbs
My Invention
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!
Make an Invention Time Line
Literature & Math: Stories About Time
Who's Responsible for This?
When Did That Happen?
More Inventions Activities for Math Class

Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Thomas Edison Revisited
Introduction to Inventions Word Power
Louis Braille Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Travois -- An Indian Farming Tool
Science Reading Warm-Up: Telescopes
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Famous Firsts in Aviation
Wind-Up Cars
Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Samuel Morse
How an Electric Light Bulb Works
How Have Electrical Inventions Changed History?
Invent-a-Fair Judging Form
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

What Are Some Bacterial Diseases?
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Invention of Kool-Aid® 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

Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
The Invention of the Light Bulb Little Book
My Book of Ingenious Inventors
Famous Firsts: 1940s
All About Washing Machines
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

Learn About Transportation Firsts
Railroads Reading Warm-Up
Underground Railway
Public Transport Essay
Aviation: Over and on the Sea
More Inventions in Transportation History

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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 (and now in print!), 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.