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Inventors and Inventions
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Make a Daily Inventors and Inventions Activity Lesson Plan Book
        Daily Inventors and Inventions Activity Lesson Plan Book


Short Reading Comprehensions
Very Quick Readers
     Frisbees! (Very Quick Reader; Grades 2-4 Readability)
     What Is Braille? (Very Quick Reader; Grades 2-4 Readability)
     Gum (Very Quick Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     Inventions - What Does It Do? (Very Quick Reader; Grades 3-6 Readability)

Short Readers
     Slinky: The Dropped Spring (Short Reader; Grades 3-4 Readability)
     Rubik's Magic Cube (Short Reader; Grades 3-4 Readability)
     Thank You, Mr. Bell! (Short Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     The Ballpoint Pen (Short Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     The Montgolfier Brothers and the Hot Air Balloon (Short Reader; Grades 3-5 Readability)
     It's in the Can! (Short Reader; Grades 3-6 Readability)
     A Mistake That Worked (Short Reader; Grades 3-6 Readability)
     The Barbie Doll (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     What's the Invention You Couldn't Live Without? (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     Accidental Discoveries: Saccharin (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     Morse's Code (Short Reader; Grades 4-6 Readability)
     SCUBA (Short Reader; Grades 5-8 Readability)
     Jon Bohmer: The Kyoto Box (Short Reader; Grades 5-8 Readability)
     Qwerty (Short Reader; Grades 5-8 Readability)
     Thomas Edison: More than the Light Bulb (Short Reader; Grades 6-8 Readability)
     Elisha Otis: Elevator Safety Brake (Short Reader; Grades 6-8 Readability)
     The Crittercam (Short Reader; Grades 6-8 Readability)
     Seeing More Clearly with Fog-Free Goggles (Short Reader; Grades 6-8 Readability)

Spanish
     Frisbees (grades 2-4)
     Goma de mascar (grades 3-5)
     Inventos - ¿Para qué sirven? (grades 3-6)
     Slinky: El resorte que baja (grades 3-4)
     ¡Gracias, Señor Bell! (grades 3-5)
     El bolígrafo (grades 3-5)
     ¡Está en la lata! (grades 3-6)
     Un error que funcionó (grades 3-6)
     SCUBA (grades 5-8)


Reading Comprehensions
Fiction
     Home Inventions (Grades 5-6)

Inventors
     Kid Inventors (Grades 4-6)
     Mary Anderson, Inventor of the Windshield Wiper (Grades 7-8)
     Nicholas Appert: Inventor of Canned Food (Grades 3-6)
     Alexander Graham Bell (Grades 8-9)
     Benjamin Banneker (Grades 5-7)
     Milton Bradley and the Checkered Game of Life (Grades 6-8)
     Louis Braille (Grades 3-4)
     William Seward Burroughs
     George Washington Carver: The Plant Doctor (Grades 6-8)
     Joshua Lionel Cowen (Grades 4-5)
     John Deere (Grades 7-8)
     Charles Drew (Grades 5-7)
     The Duryea Brothers (Grades 3-4)
     George Eastman (Grades 9-12)
     Thomas Alva Edison - Bright Ideas (Grades 4-6)
     Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park (Grades 7-8)
     Thomas Edison (Hi/Lo Grades 3-5)
     George W. G. Ferris (Grades 8-9)
     Henry Ford (Grades 7-9)
     Sir Alexander Fleming (Grades 6-8)
     Ben Franklin: Founding Father and Inventor (Grades 4-6)
     Benjamin Franklin (Grades 7-8)
     Johannes Gutenberg (Grades 9-10)
     John Harrison and Traveling Time (Grades 5-6)
     Ed Headrick (Grades 6-7)
     Jack Kilby: Bringing in the Future (Grades 6-8)
     Margaret E. Knight (Grades 6-7)
     Cyrus McCormick (Grades 8-9)
     Elijah McCoy (Grades 4-5)
     Garret A. Morgan, Inventor of Safety Devices (Grades 5-6)
     Samuel F. B. Morse
     Louis Pasteur (Grades 8-9)
     Nikola Tesla (Grades 9-12)
     Jethro Tull (Grades 5-6)
     George Westinghouse (Grades 8-9)
     Eli Whitney (Grades 4-6)
     Eli Whitney (Grades 7-8)
     Granville T. Woods (Grades 5-7)
     Ed Yost, Father of Modern Hot Air Ballooning (Grades 5-6)

Inventions
     What Is Your Favorite Color? (Grades 2-3)
     The Swoosh (Grades 2-3)
     More Than Up and Down (Grades 2-3)
     Zip It Shut With Velcro (Grades 3-5)
     A Bad Trick (Grades 3-6)
     The Real Toy Story (Grades 4-5)
     Who Invented Chopsticks? (Grade 4-6)
     The Invention of Masking Tape (Grades 4-6)
     Adopting Your Own Cabbage Patch Kid (Grades 4-6)
     Is There Really a Rubik Who Invented a Cube? (Grades 4-6)
     The Polaroid Camera (Grades 5-6)
     The Inventors of Coca-Cola (Grades 5-7)
     Inventors of Recipes (Grades 5-7)
     Inventors of the Guitar (Grades 5-7)
     Get Your Pictures Instantly (Grades 5-7)
     Building a Lego World (Grades 5-7)
     The Greeks: Masters of Invention, Part 1 (Grades 5-7)
     The Greeks: Masters of Invention, Part 2 (Grades 5-7)
     Inventors of the Wheel (Grades 6-7)
     The Invention of Chewing Gum (Grades 6-7)
     Inventors of Toys (Grades 6-8)
     Steam Power (Grades 6-8)
     The Great Zamboni (Grades 6-8)
     Accidental Discoveries that Changed the World: Super Glue (Grades 6-8)
     Who Invented UPC Bar Codes? (Grades 6-8)
     Building a Better Mousetrap, Part 1 (Grades 7-8)
     Building a Better Mousetrap, Part 2 (Grades 7-8)
     Accidental Discoveries: Charles Goodyear and Vulcanized Rubber (Grades 7-9)
     Inventors of the Alphabet (Grades 8-9)
     The Inventors of Penicillin (Grades 8-9)
     Inventions for Babies (Grades 8-9)
     Inventors of the Automobile Engine (Grades 9-12)
     Inventors of the Radio (Grades 9-12)
     Inventions to Overcome Disabilities (Grades 9-12)
     Mr. Spud (Hi/Lo Grades 2-3)


Reading Comprehensions - Foreign Languages
Spanish
     Ben Franklin: padre fundador e inventor (grades 4-6)
     Benjamín Franklin (grades 7-8)
     Nikola Tesla (grades 9-12)
     Eli Whitney (grades 7-8)
     ¿CUÁL ES TU COLOR FAVORITO? (grades 2-3)
     El "swoosh" (grades 2-3)
     La invención de la cinta adhesiva (grades 4-6)
     La cámara Polaroid (grades 5-6)
     Los que inventaron la rueda (grades 6-7)
     Inventores de juguetes (grades 6-8)
     Los que inventaron el alfabeto (grades 8-9)

French
     L'invention du ruban de masquage (grades 4-6)

Italian
     L'invenzione del nastro adesivo protettivo (grades 4-6)

German
     Die Erfindung des Abdeckbands (grades 4-6)


Funda-blanks
     A New Dance (grades 2-3)
     An Inventing Game (grades 2-3)


Leveled Books
            The Master of Invention
            A Hotel on Wheels
            Sarah E. Goode: Inventor of the Hideaway Bed
            John Deere
            Kid Inventor: Becky Schroeder and the Glo-Sheet
             A Tale of Two Brothers
             Going Up? The Invention of the Elevator (PDF file)
            Chester Greenwood: Boy Inventor
            Copy That: The Xerox Story
            A Soft-spoken Genius: George Washington Carver
            Taking Care of Yourself: The Band Aid
            The Big Wheel: G.W. Ferris, Jr. and the Ferris wheel
            The Amazing Tin Can


Book Units
    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Grades K-2)
    Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step Into Reading) (Grades 1-3)
    Eat My Dust - Henry Ford's First Race (Step Into Reading) (Grades 1-3)
    Listen Up (Grades 1-3)
    What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (Grades 1-3)
    The Road to Oz (Grades 2-4)
    Magic Tree House #34 Season of the Sandstorms (Grades 2-5)
    Night of the New Magicians #35 (Grades 2-5)
    The Boy Who Invented TV (Grades 2-5)
    The Day-Glo Brothers (Grades 3-5)
    Abel's Island (Grades 4-6)
    Brainstorm! The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors (Grades 4-6)
    If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Grades 4-6)
    Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut (Grades 4-6)
    The Diamond of Darkhold (Grades 4-6)
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Grades 4-6)
    Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (Grades 4-9)


Science Project
    Inventors and Inventions Science Activity


Bulletin Board
       Inventors Bulletin Board (black and white)

Inventors Bulletin Board (color)


Inventors and Inventions Analogies
             Inventors and Inventions Analogies


Finish the Story
     Small Inventor Big Invention (Grades 3-4)
     Robbie's Invention (Grades 3-6)
     An Adventure in Time (Grades 3-6)
     Felicia's Fantastic Invention (Grades 3-6)
     Mousetrap (Grades 4-6)


Document Based Activities
     Document Based Activities


Books
            Awesome Inventions (Grades 4-5)
            Inventors Who Changed the World (Grades 5-7)
            Frisbees (Grades 5-8)
            Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize (Grades 5-8)
            Alexander Graham Bell (Grades 6-8)


Glyphs
        Inventions and Inventors Glyph


Compare and Contrast
        Inventor Traits: Compares two inventors (Grades 5-6)

Inventor Traits: Compares two inventors (Grades 5-6)

Traits: This compares the inventors Benjamin Banneker and George Washington Carver. (Grades 6-8)

Traits: This compares the inventions of the Slinky and the Rubik's Cube. (Grades 3-5)

Toy Traits: Compares three popular toys (Grades 3-4)

Toy Traits: Compares two popular toys (Grades 5-6)

Inventor Traits: Compares two prolific inventors (Grades 5-6)

Inventor Traits: Compares two inventors (Grades 5-6)

Inventor Traits: Compares three child inventors (Grades 3-4)

Invention Traits: Compare and contrast the Rubik's Cube and the Legos inventions. (Grades 5-6)

Inventor Traits: Compares two agricultural inventors (Grades 5-6)



Writing
Inventions Draw and Write
Inventions Draw and Write

Writing Prompts
     Writing Prompts - Inventors


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