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Benjamin Franklin Lesson Ideas

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Bring Benjamin Franklin to life in the classroom with a set of five activities. Discover the type of person he was and his accomplishments through a study of his inventions and comments about life virtues. 
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Benjamin Franklin: Writer, Inventor, and Founding Father

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Imagine being a writer, inventor, businessman, and the founding father of an entire nation! Pupils analyze the life and activities of Benjamin Franklin. Primary documents, videos, and paintings open up the world of Franklin to young...
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Benjamin Franklin: Politician and Diplomat

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Benjamin Franklin was many things: a scientist, businessman, diplomat, politician. Learners explore facets of the legendary figure with a matching activity. By matching primary source documents to their descriptions, they analyze the...
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Benjamin Franklin: Politician and Diplomat

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
A scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, politician, and the founder of a nation—and that's just one person! Learners investigate the many lives of Benjamin Franklin. Using a hands-on interactive online resource, they analyze primary...
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Benjamin Franklin and Learning a Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Examine stories with a moral in a character development instructional activity. The class reads a short story written by Benjamin Franklin in which he pays too much for a toy whistle. Individuals then make text-to-self connections and...
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Frankly Speaking: Exploring Benjamin Franklin's Aphorisms

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Benjamin Franklin famously had an aphorism for every situation—most of which we still use in modern vernacular. Introduce class members to Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack with a presentation that details the characteristics of aphorisms.
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Ben Franklin Timeline

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Celebrate inventions such as lightning rods, bifocals, and stoves with a Ben Franklin Day. Young historians conduct research and write a paragraph about an accomplishment of Benjamin Franklin including an illustration or collage that...
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Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Of the many roles he played, Benjamin Franklin most wanted to be remembered as B. Franklin, Printer. Learners of all ages find out more about this amazing man through the activities included in the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Guide.  
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Ben Franklin Aphorisms

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Is a pretend friend worse than an open foe? What benefits come to those who help themselves? Take a look at some of Benjamin Franklin's famous aphorisms, which advise readers to conduct themselves properly throughout the day. Pupils...
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Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the contributions of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to American Independence. In small groups, they conduct Internet research, read and discuss primary source documents, and complete a chart.
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A Lesson on Benjamin Franklin’s “Project for Moral Perfection”

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Benjamin Franklin identified 13 virtues that he felt would strengthen his character if he could focus on each one. A thorough instructional activity explores high schoolers' personal values in the context of their lives, and compels them...
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From… Poor Richard’s Almanack—Benjamin Franklin

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Diversity is the spice in the meatloaf of life. When is an aphorism not from Poor Richard's Almanack? When individuals create their own. After examining 20 of Benjamin Franklin's less famous aphorisms, individuals craft their own pithy...
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Need a model for character education? Benjamin Franklin presents himself as in a constant state of striving to become the man he hoped to be, making his autobiography is far more accessible to learners than those of people who consider...
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Benjamin Franklin: Goods and Services in Colonial America

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the impact of Benjamin Franklin's ideas on the goods and services available in Colonial America as well as analyze the importance of Franklin to modern society. While listening to "How Ben Franklin Stole the...
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Ben Franklin-Young Printer

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore Ben Franklin with your class through guided reading. Class members start by sharing their prior knowledge about Benjamin Franklin. Then, they independently read the first chapter of Ben Franklin-Young Printer. Reading one chapter...
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Jefferson vs. Franklin: Renaissance Men

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners investigate the achievements of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. They conduct Internet research, identify their achievements, and participate in a 'competition' that compares/contrasts the two men.
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Exploring Benjamin Franklin's Works

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore the inventions of Benjamin Franklin. In this lesson on Benjamin Franklin's many inventions, 1st graders view images of Mr. Franklin's work and discuss which of his accomplishments were his most important. This...
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Ben Franklin Aphorisms

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Benjamin Franklin's famous aphorisms are a perfect time capsule of colonist values in the mid-18th century, as well as a clever reminder of the way life still works today. Middle and high schoolers select one aphorism to interpret...
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The Meaning of America: Self-Command

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Even for one of the most accomplished men in American history, there was room for improvement. Challenge high schoolers to use Benjamin Franklin's Project for Moral Perfection to analyze text, make inferences, connect to historical...
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Designing Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do you convey someone’s creativity? Individuals answer the question as they design exhibitions to showcase the intellect and genius of Benjamin Franklin. After conducting research, classmates work in groups to try to capture and...
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Great Minds: Benjamin Franklin, Founding Nerd

For Students 9th - 12th
Did Benjamin Franklin really fly a kite to discover electricity? Answers this question and many others with a video that discusses Franklin and his contributions to science. There isn't time to cover all of his inventions and...
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Benjamin Franklin: Document Based Questions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine primary source documents. In this Benjamin Franklin lesson, students analyze letters written by Franklin and a political cartoon as they respond to the provided document based questions.
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Questions on Benjamin Franklin’s Cartoon

For Students 8th - 12th
In this primary source analysis worksheet, students examine Benjamin Franklin's "Join or Die" political cartoon and then respond to 8 short answer questions based on their analysis of it.
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November 24 - Benjamin Franklin

For Students 7th - 8th
In this writing prompt activity, students learn that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be the symbol of the United States. Students write if they would choose the turkey of the bald eagle as the symbol or a...

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