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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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George Washington Carver Little Book
Garrett Morgan Coloring Page
Garrett A. Morgan Invents Traffic Light
George Washington Carver – Coloring Page
Sarah Boone Coloring Page
Create Your Own Invention
More Popular Inventions Printables

Lesson Plans

Invent a Sport
Invention Connection
History of Automobiles
John Fitch: Pioneer Steamboat Inventor
Inventions: 1780-1870
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Messages on Candy Hearts
Women Inventors
History of Chopsticks
African-American Inventors
Booker T. Washington
More Inventions References

Games & Puzzles

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

Inventions Resources for Black History Month

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

Art, Music, Drama, & Inventions Connected

Walt Disney Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Building with Toothpicks and Marshmallows
Sell It Like It Is!
My Invention Book
Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
Photographs in a Flash
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

Make an Invention Time Line
If My Calculator Could Talk!
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
The Invention of Coca-Cola® Reading Warm-Up
Henry Ford Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Thomas Edison Revisited
Introduction to Inventions Word Power
What Do You Think?
Invention of the Cotton Gin: A Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Inventions Resources for Language Arts

Science & Inventions Connected

List of Inventions and Discoveries
Inventions & Machines Printables Slideshow
Famous Firsts in Aviation
How an Electric Light Bulb Works
Rev Up Your Veggies: A Physical Science Activity
Invent-a-Fair Introduction
All About the Stapler
More Popular Inventions Activities for Science Class

Health, Safety, & Inventions Connected

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

Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Benjamin Franklin Little Book
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
My Book of Ingenious Inventors
Helen Keller
The Invention of the Light Bulb Little Book
Louis Braille
Learn About Transportation Firsts
More Popular Inventions Activities for Social Studies

Inventions in Transportation History

Reading Warm-Up 35 for Gr. 3 & 4: American History
First Hot-Air Balloon Flight
All About Rickshaws
Nonstop Flight Around the World
More Inventions in Transportation History


Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

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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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

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