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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
Milestones in Flight
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

Invent a Sport
John Fitch: Pioneer Steamboat Inventor
Understanding Penicillin and Mold
Inventions Plus
Inventions: 1780-1870
More Inventions Lesson Plans


Biographies of African-American Inventors
List of Firsts for U.S. Cities
George Washington Carver
Women Inventors
African-American Inventors
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Chinese Inventions Word Search
Now or Long Ago?
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)
Famous Firsts in Aviation
More Inventions Resources for Women's History Month

Inventions Resources for Black History Month

George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
George Washington Carver Little Book
Lewis Howard Latimer Coloring Page
Sarah Breedlove Walker -- Coloring Page
Jan E. Matzeliger
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Coloring Page
Joseph Winters Coloring Page
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Sell It Like It Is!
What's in a Name?
Photographs in a Flash
The Invention of the Zoom Lens
Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
What Do You Know About Tattoos?
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!
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
Invention of the Cell Phone: A Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Iron: A Reading Warm-Up
History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
Introduction to Inventions Word Power
Investigate an Invention
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Become an Inventor
Wind-Up Cars
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Invent-a-Fair Judging Form
Bringing Science History to Life
The Acadian Dikes
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

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

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Louis Braille
Learn About Transportation Firsts
My Book of Ingenious Inventors
John Fitch Lesson Handout
Booker T. Washington
Messages on Candy Hearts
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

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

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