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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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Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Helen Keller
Create Your Own Invention
List of Inventions and Discoveries
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Women Inventors
Messages on Candy Hearts
Levi Strauss Biography & Activities
Elijah J. McCoy - Biography & Activities
George Washington Carver
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Now or Long Ago?
Chinese Inventions Word Search
The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
Ingenious Inventors Match
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)
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
Famous Firsts in Aviation
More Inventions Resources for Women's History Month

Inventions Resources for Black History Month

George Washington Carver Little Book
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
African-American Inventors
Biographies of African-American Inventors
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
My Invention Book
My Invention
Sell It Like It Is!
Light Bulbs
Fact Pyramid
It's Instrumental! Invent an Instrument
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
Who's Responsible for This?
When Did That Happen?
Literature & Math: Stories about Time
More Inventions Activities for Math Class

Inventions Resources for Language Arts

The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
What's Next for Bill Gates? Reading Warm-Up
Albert Einstein Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Introduction to Inventions Word Power
Thomas Edison Revisited
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Famous Firsts in Aviation
How an Electric Light Bulb Works
Samuel Morse
Invention of the Cotton Gin: A Reading Warm-Up
Bringing Science History to Life
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

Invention of Kool-Aid® Reading Warm-Up
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
A Chilling Experience
A Frozen Delight: Making Ice Cream
The Microwave Oven
Invention of the Popsicle Reading Warm-Up
More Inventions Resources for Health & Safety

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

My Book of Ingenious Inventors
All About Washing Machines
The Invention of the Light Bulb Little Book
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
John Fitch Lesson Handout
Louis Braille
World War II Aircraft
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

Public Transport Essay
Learn About Transportation Firsts
All About Rickshaws
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
More Inventions in Transportation History
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