Unleash those young innovators in your classroom with this inventions and inventors instructional bundle ☺
What is included in the zipped folder?
1. Inventions and Inventors PowerPoint Lesson
This instructional PowerPoint presentation covers basic information about inventions
. Several slides prompt students with a discussion question. Have them work in small groups to discuss the topic or discuss as a class.
Description of the slides:
Slide 1: Title Page
Slide 2: What is an invention?
Slide 3: What is an inventor?
Slide 4: Did you know KIDS can be inventors too?
Slide 5: Link to website that displays inventions made by kids
Slide 6: Prompts student to think about an invention they could create
Slide 7: Invention of the backpack+discussion question
Slide 8: Invention of the refrigerator+discussion question
Slide 9: Invention of the light bulb+discussion question
Slide 10: Invention of the telephone+discussion question
Slide 11: Pictures of telephones through the years (inventions transform & improve over time)
Slide 12: Embedded YouTube video about the top 10 inventions in history
Slide 13: Why are inventions important?
Slide 14: It's Your Turn Ending Slide
2. Create Your Own Invention Project:
Students will design and build a new invention out of everyday items YOU provide. Items include but aren't limited to: paper, popsicle sticks, straws, pipe cleaners, tin foil, fuzzy pom-poms, string, etc. Makes a great STEM activity!
Students will use the PDF planning sheet graphic organizer
to brainstorm their invention. The teacher can choose if his/her students fill out the planning sheet before they use the supplies to create their inventions or after students have had the opportunity to manipulate the supplies.
Finally, students will write a short sentence, paragraph or paper about their invention. Two different kinds of lined paper are included in the PDF.
An editable grading rubric in PowerPoint is provided.
Slides are set to print on 11x8.5 paper.
I have included technology integration ideas
for presenting student inventions. iPads, laptops and Chromebook ideas are covered.
3. Famous Inventor Research Project:
Assign or have students choose one of the 24 Famous Inventor Cards that will indicate who their project will be about (These cards could be used for a variety of different activities
!). Cards include:
•Alexander Graham Bell
•George Washington Carver
•John Logie Baird
•Leonardo Da Vinci
•Sir Issac Newton
•Tim Berners Lee
•The Wright Brothers
Students could also choose any inventor they would like to learn about without using the cards.
Using the research graphic organizer PDF, students will research their inventor and fill out the planning sheet. (You could take your students to the library, computer lab or BOTH for research time).
After research is complete, students can write a sentence or paragraph depending on their level using one of the two different line paper templates provided in the PDF. Have them present their findings to a small group or the entire class!
An editable grading rubric in PowerPoint is included.
**This bundle can be adapted for any grade level 1st-5th grade**
Other related products:
Inventors and Inventions in Google Drive
Famous Inventors Reading Passages
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