This resource has EVERYTHING you need to integrate close reading, growth mindset, inquiry, and STEM in an authentic way! Students will be engaged and inspired by the inventions and mindset of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. This unit easily connects to science (energy) and social studies.
This series of step by step lessons begin with the beautifully written picture book, The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
, which tells the tale of how these two men achieved success through a growth mindset; goal setting, perseverance, and learning from their mistakes.
These lessons are sure to hook and engage your students. They will learn about growth mindset while they study and apply the inventing process of inventors and engineers. The lessons includes strategies that will develop critical thinking; close reading, inquiry, analysis of primary source documents, STEM challenge, and written response and reflection activities.
Through carefully constructed close reading lessons, your students will examine what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do. They will learn how to use details from a text to support their thinking and integrate knowledge from multi-genres: historical fiction, text excerpts, non fiction, videos, photographs, and quotes.
These close reading lessons will help your students learn not only how to use details from the text to support their thinking and think critically about challenging text, they also address so many of the Common Core Language Arts Standards
and each level of Webb's Depth of Knowledge!
This packet includes:
Step-by-Step Teacher’s Guide
Every lesson is aligned to standards and Webb's Depth of Knowledge and has easy to follow step-by-step directions.
Close Reading of Primary Sources Lesson That will Hook Your Students and Build Background Knowledge
Prior to reading the book, students will examine authentic photographs of Thomas Edison’s inventions. They will also put Henry Ford’s car models in the order in which they predict they were made, using details from the photographs to support their thinking.
Close Reading Text Dependent Questions for the Inventor's Secret
We know how tricky it is to go back and forth from picture book to questions. So we’ve included the questions on a template that enables you to print them onto sticky notes. This way you can place each question right inside the picture book at the place where you will ask it. Just place blank Post-It! Notes (or any other brand of notes as long as they are the correct size) on the template and print. The Sticky Note Questions are ready to be placed into the book.
Close Reading Questions Embedded into Text Excerpts and a Non Fiction Article
Our ready to use close reading format chunks the text followed by text dependent questions for students to answer. This guides students to think about the text during the reading process, and create meaning while they read, not just at the end.
We’ve included lots of printables; photographs of the inventions, the inventor’s quotes, graphic organizers, close reading texts with questions, video note-taking guides, written response activities and more
The texts in this packet includes: photographs, videos, historical fiction, quotes, and informational texts.
Lessons include embedded assessments to check for student understanding.
We’ve included four PowerPoint presentations: What are Inventions and Innovations?, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s Inventions, The Mint Mobile STEM Challenge, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Quotes
STEM Mint Mobile Challenge Students
will better understand the invention process when they experience it themselves. In this challenge, students create a car, made from readily available materials.
The Inventor’s Log Foldable®
Students create a Top Tab Foldable® to record their process as they create their Mint Mobiles. We’ve included step-by-step directions for creating the Foldable® and using it during the STEM Mint Mobile Challenge.
Effective close reading has students not only read and discuss text dependent questions about what the text says (literal), means (author’s craft), and how it works (author craft) but also how the text inspires them.
Follow the Inventor's Secret Teach-a-long!
The Inventor's Secret Teach-a-long
Teach along with us as we walk you through each lesson of our integrated unit, The Inventor's Secret: A Study of the Inventing Process and the Mindset of Inventors.
Our goal is to help you have the most successful experience possible as you implement close reading in your classroom and this teach-a-long gives you another method for learning.
Our posts feature clear instructions and photos meant to supplement the Teacher's Guide that comes with the unit. We also include extra free resources not included in the unit.
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