Thomas Edison: Inventor and Entrepreneur

How many of Thomas Edison's inventions do your scholars use every day? They might be shocked to find out! Young historians watch a video, analyze a photograph, and read one of Edison's letters to learn more about his life and impact. They follow up with a culminating activity to reflect on Edison's contributions and how those affect their lives today. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create an invention laboratory in the classroom to mirror Edison's
  • Place today's versions of Edison's inventions around the classroom to aid with the final assignment
  • Print and post around the classroom photos of Edison's lab and inventions prior to the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is designed for 20-40 minutes, pace activities accordingly

  • Provides questions to use as students watch the video
  • Resource contains printable graphic organizer to help with the final activity

  • None
Common Core