Important Inventor Research Project | Wax Museum | for Distance Learning
Engage your curious learners in a fun and exciting research project all about inventors and their special inventions!
Students will research an important inventor to learn all about how their invention came to life. They will practice strong informative writing skills as they incorporate their findings into a research report. At the end, students have the option* to dress as the inventor and write a speech from the inventor’s perspective. They will insert or draw a photo of them dressed up as the inventor to bring their report to life! This was added as a way for us to participate in our ‘Wax Museum’ during school closures.
*[This is optional, if you do not want your students doing this, simply delete the slide or do not print that page.]
Students will be asked to choose one inventor to research. I find it best to have students start with the INVENTION they’re interested in/curious about, and work backwards. For example, encourage students to think about something they use everyday but don’t know much about (refrigerator, TV, skateboard, iPhone…) it can be anything big or small! Once students choose an item or concept, they can find out the primary inventor and begin their research!
This project asks students to find information about:
-The inventor’s early life
-The “spark” that influenced their inventions
-The challenges that their inventor had to overcome
-The everlasting impact of the invention
-”I Am…” slide is where students insert a photo [or draw an illustration] of themselves dressed as the inventor and write a speech as the inventor. (optional for teachers to use or discard)
-A ‘final thoughts’ slide for students to give their opinion and final thoughts about their inventor and the invention
Assign this project through Google Classroom for students to complete using Google Slides. This project is scaffolded with student-friendly directions on every slide, making it perfect for distance learning. Each slide includes a checklist of ideas for students to consider as they conduct their research and work on their writing. And of course, predefined text boxes make it very easy for students to get right to work on their slides!
Not a Google Classroom user? No problem! This download includes a PowerPoint version as well for schools and students who have access to Microsoft products. Just add the file to whichever digital platform you use to assign work to your students. They will download the file and work on it on their device, remind them to save their work as they go. Just like the Google Slides version, the PowerPoint option has predefined text boxes to make it easy for students to work independently, even if they have minimal experience using PowerPoint!
SeeSaw is a wonderful tool for distance learning! Uploading this project to SeeSaw is extremely easy. You will just upload the PDF version included in the download (you get 2 PDF versions: one in COLOR and one in BLACK & WHITE). I recommend uploading the COLOR version to SeeSaw. Students will add text boxes and photos into the template and submit it to their journal when finished!
Once we’re settled back into our classrooms, you can always decide to use this resource as a print and go project with minimal prep work. Within the download you will receive two PDF files, as mentioned above, one is in color and one is black and white. They are identical to the digital files. For a low ink requirement, print the black and white version for students. They will draw in the illustration boxes or they can print a picture and glue it in, like a scrapbook!
This resource is a ZIP file that contains:
- 1 Color PDF file [best for SeeSaw]
- 1 Black and White PDF file [best for printing]
- 1 PowerPoint file [for students with Microsoft products, or schools that do not use Google Classroom]
- 1 link to Google Slides version (you will make a copy and save it to your drive) [for use with Google Classroom]
Each format of this project includes a spreadsheet for teachers to stay organized with the different inventors and their inventions that students choose to research, as well as a rubric for easy grading.
I hope your students enjoy learning about interesting inventors and their inventions! I also hope you, the teacher, enjoy the low prep and high engagement of this project. You’ll get a kick out of the Wax Museum element of it should you choose to have your students dress up!
For an extra fun idea, invite students to record themselves performing the speech they write and insert it as a multimedia recording into their slides or on SeeSaw! :)