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"The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members research African American inventors, the challenges they faced in their attempts to patent their works, and the importance of their inventions to the development of technology. After a brief introduction to inventors Elijah...
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African American Inventors

For Students 1st - 4th Standards
Celebrate Black History Month with a packet of materials on African American inventors. Readers discover several inventors' character traits, their inventions, and their lives. They even have the opportunity to conduct further research...
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African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
What do a folding iron board, lawn sprinklers, and a device for oiling engines on trains all have in common? They were all invented by Elijah McCoy, an African American inventor with 57 patents to his credit. McCoy is the subject of a...
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African American Inventors: Granville T. Woods

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Get to know inventor, Granville T. Woods. Who is he? From what state did Woods come? What did he design? All questions your scholars will find the answers to with this response-to-reading worksheet. 
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African American Inventors: Lewis Latimer

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Celebrate Black History Month getting to know more about Lewis Latimer. Here, scholars read about his life and success, then apply their new-found knowledge by responding to questions about the text with short answers. 
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African American Inventors: Patricia Bath

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Young readers practice their comprehension skills by responding to a series of text-based questions on a passage about Patricia Bath, the first black woman medical doctor to receive a patent.
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Famous American Research Project

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Designed specifically for lower elementary pupils, this is a great biographical research project in which students research a famous American, and then design creative poster boards to help them "become" the famous American they have...
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Famous African Americans

For Teachers 3rd
What makes a person famous? In order to learn more about notable African Americans students will conduct Internet research to collect data on a chosen African American leader. They will use their findings to create a bio-cube where each...
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African American Inventors Study

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students learn about African American inventors. In this inventing lesson, students are assigned an African American inventor to research. Students work in pairs to complete their research. Students write a compare and contrast paragraph...
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Black History Rap

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students write a rap or hip-hop lyric about the life of a famous Black American. They explore famous Black Americans in history and explore how the rap form compares to other forms of poetic expression.
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Tick, Tock, the Banneker Clock: African American Inventors

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the variety of African American inventions and discoveries. They select an African American inventor, conduct Internet research, and write a report in the form of a biography, a series of letters from the...
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African-American Inventors

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Young scholars conduct research on a variety of African-American inventors. They choose an invention that they feel has had the greatest impact on the world today and write a short summary of the invention, its impact and the inventor's...
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African American Inventors

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students use the Internet to research African American inventors. They work with a partner to complete a graphic organizer about the inventors and the inventions.
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A Monster's World

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Study African American inventor Jan Ernst Matzeliger and create imaginary monsters using texture.
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African American Achievers

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students complete research projects. Students research the achievements of various African Americans and their contributions to the world. They use various resource links on the Internet to become more knowledgeable about the topic.
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Inventors & Trailblazers

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners are introduced to a groups of African American inventors. In groups, they research the role of each person in improving different industries. They also examine the barriers African Americans faced from the Civil War to the...
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Inventors and Trailblazers

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students explore the concept of inventors and trailblazers. In this inventors and trailblazers lesson, students discover what ten African American inventors created and went through in order to create their invention. Students then...
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For the Record: Black Inventors and Inventions

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students research the Internet for information about African-American inventors and their inventions. After collecting their data, students must build and manage information in a database that catalogs the inventions of African-Americans.
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Celebrate Benjamin Banneker

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Inventor, astronomer, surveyor, mathematician, clock maker. Learners celebrate the life of Benjamin Banneker by building creative analog clocks, making scale models, and solving problems related to surveying. The activities model the...
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Black History Month

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Enhance Black History Month with a twenty-page resource designed to boost scholars' knowledge of the great accomplishments made by African Americans. Learners take in fun facts about famous inventors such as George Washington Carver and...
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African American Inventors Society

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the inventions of African Americans and how their inventions contributed to the common good. For this African American inventions lesson, students research the inventions of African Americans and reflect on how...
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The African American Inventor

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students study various African American inventors and their contributions. They select their favorite invention and work in groups to research a specific African American inventor. After conducting their research, they share their...
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Technology and the African American Inventor

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research, using the Internet, technological advances that have resulted from the work of African Americans. They discuss and share the results of their research. They complete the assignment by writing an essay how...
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Isn’t It Exciting? (The American Industrial Revolution and Urbanization)

For Teachers 6th
America was built on the ingenuity, work ethic, and foresight of our ancestors. Sixth graders learn about the complex Gilded Age in American history, including the prominent inventors and captains of industry, and how they all connect...

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