Inventors and Inventions

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This interesting lesson introduces the students to several important inventions from many years ago and from the recent past. The students will also be asked to brainstorm with peers to develop on paper a new invention that could be used today and/or in the future. It is important for students to understand that everything manmade had to come from an idea first, and then it was developed usually over time. They also learn about the need for new inventions.

Inventors and Inventions Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Inventors and Inventions.
  • Hands-on homework activities to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of Inventors and Inventions.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This interesting lesson introduces the students to several important inventions from many years ago and from the recent past. The students will also be asked to brainstorm with peers to develop on paper a new invention that could be used today and/or in the future. It is important for students to understand that everything manmade had to come from an idea first, and then it was developed usually over time. They also learn about the need for new inventions.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Keep the lights turned off as students come in the room or are waiting for the class to begin. Tell students the to imagine that there are no lightbulbs. Ask: What would life be like?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask students if they know who invented the bulb, why it was invented, and how someone may have come up with the idea.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Inform students of who invented the bulb, and other basic information.
  5. Ask: What is the definition of invention. Allow for responses and discussion.
  6. Distribute Inventors and Inventions content pages. Read and review the information with the students.
  7. Expand on some of the inventions so students can understand how they are used. Use the additional resources and videos to enhance student learning and understanding.
  8. Distribute the Activity page. Review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute colored pencils.
  9. Distribute final copy paper when students are ready.
  10. Allow each pair of students to present their drawings to the class, explaining the reason for the invention, why it is needed, who would benefit from it, how it could be made, and how it works.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Science