Help students better understand how Benjamin Franklin figured out the connection between lightning and electricity. This lesson covers a small part of Ben's life as an inventor, concentrating on his experiment with a kite in a storm. “SL4 – Ben Franklin and His Kite Curriculum – Electricity” was created for fourth grade readers.
In this curriculum set, you will get
1) Lesson plans (4 to 5 days)
2) Reading sheet adapted for fourth-grade readers
3) Deeper level thinking class discussion questions
4) Comprehension questions and a study guide
5) Class activity that explores some of Ben’s thinking as he created his kite
6) Worksheet that helps students understand the many questions inventors have to ask
7) Inquiry questions for students to explore related topics
8) Vocabulary worksheet
9) Reading and Writing worksheet that helps students understand what the average person may have explained static electricity
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This curriculum meets the following Common Core Standards for fourth grade:
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 4.1
- Students are asked to "refer to details and examples in a text" in the deeper level thinking class discussion questions, and they also are asked to draw inferences from the text.
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 4.2
- In the study guide comprehension questions, students are asked to "summarize the text." Teachers are given a summary in the teacher's guide. Also, the deeper level thinking class discussion questions assist students in thinking through the point of the story.
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 4.3
- Through the reading and writing sheet and the class activity, students are asked to “draw on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).”
Reading Standards for Literature - Standard No. 4.4
- Through the use of the deeper level thinking class discussion, the reading and writing worksheet, and the vocabulary worksheet, students are asked to "determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text."
Reading Standards for Informational Text – Standard No. 4.3
- Through the study guide questions and game card questions, students are asked to “explain . . . concepts in a historical, scientific” text that focuses on Ben Franklin and electricity.
Writing Standards - Standard No. 4.7
- The inquiry questions help students "conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic" on a topic related to the story.
“SL4 – Ben Franklin and His Kite Curriculum – Electricity” is copyrighted (c) 2013 by S. Kay Seifert. All rights reserved. No part of this material (in part or as a whole) may be altered. Teachers and parents may use this material for students in the classroom or at home, reproducing student sheets for personal use. This curriculum may not be commercially reproduced for print, electronic, or other formats and/or platforms, and may not be distributed electronically or commercially, unless written permission is given by S. Kay Seifert.