Edison Tried and Tried Again

How many times did it take Thomas Edison to invent a successful working lightbulb? Young learners read a short passage about this famous inventor and his determination in getting an idea to work successfully. Then, pupils respond to four multiple choice and two short answer questions that have them explain their thinking through words and pictures.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Give in small group literacy centers to monitor reading fluency and comprehension
  • Use the paired text passage as an instructional tool demonstrating to learners how to make text-to-text connections
Classroom Considerations
  • Best used during Inventor's Month or during a biography study
  • Passage is a Lexile® 250L reading level
  • Comes with an audio version of the text as well as an answer key to the questions
  • Provides a paired passage and question set on Benjamin Franklin
  • Paired text does not come with an answer key