Alexander Graham Bell

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The short lesson introduces students to the life of Alexander Graham Bell and his contributions to society.  As technology advances by leaps and bounds, many children may not know or have even heard of Alexander Graham Bell and the origins of the telephone.  The students will learn about the impact of other inventions by Bell and the influence they had on everyday life for many people.

Alexander Graham Bell Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Alexander Graham Bell
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the life of Alexander Graham Bell and his contributions to society.  The lesson begins with a brief history of communication, including the use of the telegraph. Then it provides a short biography of Bell’s life leading to his invention of the telephone, and also mentions his other inventions like the metal detector and audiometer.  The lesson could be used in conjunction with other lessons relating to advances in technology in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Display the initials:   Ask students if they can guess the meaning of the letters.  As students guess incorrectly, begin giving subtle hints, such it’s a person, male, no longer living, etc., and then begin using words related to a phone, dial, call, answer, etc.
  2. Allow students to guess and respond. Once Bell is guessed, ask students to share everything they might know about him.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Alexander Graham Bell.
  4. Distribute Alexander Graham Bell content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Discuss why the world “expanded” with the invention of the phone and Internet.  What does it mean?  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Encourage students to be creative and to thoughtfully reflect upon each question.  Allow sufficient time to complete the activity.
  6. Once completed, each pair of students role-plays the Bell and Watson conversation. Conduct a class discussion for question number 2.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.  Students correct the false statement.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: What do you think life would be like for you without a phone?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Encourage students to be specific, as well as tell how they would adapt their lives, what would change.  Also, what are the advantages and disadvantages of telephones?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1- 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies