Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Inventions and Inventors

Recommended Books:

  • Henry’s Amazing Machine by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • Sydney’s Star by Peter H. Reynolds
  • So You Want To Be An Inventor? by Judith St. George
  • Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta
  • Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta
  • Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta
  • On A Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
  • Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne
  • Incredible Inventions: Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came To Be by Charlotte Jones
  • An Illustrated Timeline of Inventions and Inventors (Visual Timelines in History) by Kremena Spengler

Bright Idea Bubble

Vocabulary Target Words: famous, idea, imagination, invention, inventor, notes, original, plan, problem, sketch, solution, test

Lesson Ideas:

Scavenger Hunt ~ Discuss some inventions (phone, bicycle, airplane, car/truck, train, light bulb, radio, tv, clock, refrigerator, microwave oven, computer, etc.) then take the child on a scavenger hunt to find things they consider inventions. You can even do an alphabetized version by selecting a few letters of the alphabet and see if the child can find one item that begins with those letters.

The Best Invention Ever! ~ Have the child say what they think is the best invention ever and why. They could even draw a picture of their favorite invention and write a sentence or two about it using this primary journal worksheet.

Inventions Timeline ~ Develop a timeline of key inventions in history. You can expand the lesson by discussing one or a few in detail and use the theme in other related activities, such as writing assignment, art and craft, or lab/experiment.

Biographies ~ Select a specific inventor and provide a brief biography, including their invention. You can use this general Inventors and Their Inventions worksheet set. Once you’ve discussed their invention(s), ask the child what life would be like with that invention. Another version would be to select a few inventors and their inventions, then ask the child to match the inventor to their invention using cutouts or a list. These are some inventor specific forms that would work well for a biography:

Alexander Graham Bell’s Journal ~ Discuss the importance of note taking or journals to track ideas, plans, drawings/sketches, experiments or testing results and adjustments. Ask the child if they know who invented the telephone. Then show them a few online images from Alexander Graham Bell’s journal archived at the Library of Congress so they can see an original copy of an inventor’s journal or notebook. You can expand the lesson by asking the child if they know their phone number and prompt them to write it down, emphasizing the importance of knowing it. You can use the worksheets noted below to help them write and memorize their home phone number.

My Invention/Bright Idea ~ Time to use your imagination! Think of something that you think would make life easier, safer or more fun and write about it.

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This entry was posted on January 27, 2013 by in History, Labs & Experiments, Science, Social Studies and tagged , , .
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