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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

Learn About Transportation Firsts
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Inventions & Machines Printable Book (K-4)
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

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

References

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

Games & Puzzles

The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
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
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
Women Scientists & Inventors Printable Book (Grades 4-8)
Famous Firsts in Aviation
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
Sarah Breedlove Walker -- Coloring Page
Inventors
Lewis Howard Latimer Coloring Page
Booker T. Washington
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
Sell It Like It Is!
My Invention Book
My Invention
What's in a Name?
It's Instrumental! Invent an Instrument
Fact Pyramid
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
Louis Braille Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Albert Einstein Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Pen Is Mightier
The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Serendipity in Science: Edison & Inventions
Gadgets and Gears: The Mesmer Menace Teacher's Guide
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Create Your Own Invention
Samuel Morse
List of Inventions and Discoveries
Invent a Flying Machine
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Classroom Catapults
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

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

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

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

Inventions in Transportation History

All About Rickshaws
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
Transportation Firsts Layered Little Book
History of Automobiles
Taxi!
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!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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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