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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
More Mini-Lessons

Printables

List of Inventions and Discoveries
Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
If My Calculator Could Talk!
Helen Keller
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Create Your Own Invention
Chinese Inventions Word Search
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

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

References

Women Inventors
History of Chopsticks
List of Firsts for U.S. Cities
African-American Inventors
Messages on Candy Hearts
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

Chinese Inventions Word Search
Now or Long Ago?
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
The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
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 Boone Coloring Page
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
Joseph Winters Coloring Page
Inventors
More Inventions Resources for Black History Month

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Back to Nature?
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
What's in a Name?
Light Bulbs
My Invention Book
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

Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Make an Invention Time Line
What's in a Name?
Literature & Math: Stories About Time
Who's Responsible for This?
More Inventions Activities for Math Class

Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Chinese Inventions Word Search
Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Invention of the Cell Phone: A Reading Warm-Up
The Wright Brothers Reading Warm-Up
Introducing Inventions Multiple Choice
The Modern Street-Cleaner Puzzle & Reading Passage
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

List of Inventions and Discoveries
Create Your Own Invention
Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Famous Firsts in Aviation
Invention Connection
Invention of the Cotton Gin: A Reading Warm-Up
Understanding Penicillin and Mold
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

History of Marshmallows Reading Warm-Up
The Microwave Oven
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
A Frozen Delight: Making Ice Cream
A Chilling Experience
What Are Some Bacterial Diseases?
How Has Disease Affected Us over Time?
More Inventions Resources for Health & Safety

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Chinese Inventions Word Search
Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
My Book of Ingenious Inventors
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
Famous Firsts in Aviation
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

Famous Firsts in Aviation
History of Automobiles
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
Learn About Transportation Firsts
Taxi!
More Inventions in Transportation History

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Memorial Day
Find a way to honor the American men and women who have sacrificed their lives in wars and military disputes this Memorial Day (May 30). Some of our most popular activities include: World War II Student Project, Chronology of Conscription in the U.S., and American Flag, Memorial Day Videos, and "In Flanders Fields" -- History and Poetry!

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