“Inventors, Innovators and Inventions” is designed for use by science, technology, and social studies teachers to help students organize basic facts about fourteen inventors that were chosen from a broad base of time period, nationality, gender, and field of invention/innovation.
The inventors included are: Archimedes, Charles Babbage, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Sandford Fleming, Benjamin Franklin, Temple Grandin, Stephanie Kwolek, Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, James Watt, and the Wright Brothers.
The organizers are designed so that students will do general research on each individual. They will need access to books and the Internet to complete the factual sections of the organizers. I have included some useful websites and books I used to provide very detailed information in the Answer Key section. As there is some contradictory data from source to source, I have tried to provide data that is the most consistent (the contradictory data seems to stem from whom invented what first!) I have also included a template so that you or your students can add an inventor simply by filling in the blanks on the sheet. Please note that the factual sections on the Answer Key pages might contain more information than you might actually require of the students! You may wish to guide the students where you would like them to go when it comes to information needed and how much you require.
The organizers can be used for review, as group activities (or some or all could be assigned to individual students), or could be completed as an independent study. Students may pick and choose, or be assigned one or more inventors by you. One organizer can be used to begin a larger project.
The unit includes 6 activities which can be applied to each of the 14 inventors to create a large number of assignment options. The activities are:
Create a Pinning Board
Create a Webquest
Compare and Contrast Two Inventors
Inventions of the Future
Interview with an Inventor
Please have a look at my preview for a more detailed idea of the activities.
Working with the 14 organizers and the 6 activities, it is possible to have up to 84 different assignments at hand and if the blank template is used, even more!