Benjamin Franklin

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This insightful and compelling lesson brings Benjamin Franklin to life for the students and can be used for a science or social studies class.  It is suggested that you show one or more of the videos with the class as well.  There is much to be learned about Franklin and he can be an inspiration to many of the students.

Benjamin Franklin Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Benjamin Franklin
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This insightful and compelling lesson brings Benjamin Franklin to life for the students and can be used for a science or social studies class.  It is suggested that you show one or more of the videos with the class as well.  There is much to be learned about Franklin and he can be an inspiration to many of the students.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display a list of the following: Printer, Writer, Politician, Inventor, Scientist, Volunteer firefighter, Librarian, Postmaster, Bookstore owner, Soldier in Philadelphia militia
  2. Ask students: What do all of the jobs have in common?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. (They are all jobs Ben Franklin held during his career.)
  4. Distribute Benjamin Franklin content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute needed supplies.  Once completed allow students to compare their timelines to another student’s.  Check and review the work.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Students take turns sharing their interpretations of the aphorisms.  Allow a class discussion that may have more than one meaning to the students.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  8. In closing, ask: What most impresses you about Benjamin Franklin and why?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7
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

Additional Resources:

Want more social studies resources? Check out our other Social Studies Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies