This differentiated biography project is a creative and engaging way to supplement your lessons about Ben Franklin, founding fathers, inventors, and/or scientists. Each activity is standards-based and tucks neatly away inside the paper bag... easy to store... easy to carry home and share.
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This page includes a picture of Ben Franklin and his name label. It is glued to the front of the bag.
This page includes an important quote made by Ben Franklin. The children are encouraged to reread it several times and discuss the importance of the message. This can be done in partners, small groups, or whole class. Then, they turn the quote over and write to explain why they think the quote is important and worth remembering.
On this page, the children learn three interesting facts about Ben Franklin, however the facts are cloze sentences and the children must choose the correct word from the word bank to complete each fact.
These 3 pages include clip art images designed to help facilitate the children’s oral retelling of Ben Franklin's story. After coloring and cutting out the images, the students use the props as they recall and tell about important events from his life. (The props are also included in color.)
Talk Show Interview:
In this activity, children are paired to play “Talk Show.” It’s an “ask-and-answer” reader’s theater designed for two people: the host and Ben Franklin. As you pair the children, know the part of the host is the simpler part. The stronger reader will need to be Ben Franklin. After a few readings, the partners may be able to switch roles as the emerging reader becomes more familiar with the script.
The more capable readers in your class may enjoy the monologue more, especially if they prefer solo-work and have the confidence to perform alone. The length and word choice make it more difficult than the “Talk Show Interview,” so you’ll need to take that into account when planning.
If your children like this project, you may also enjoy:
Paper Bag Biography: Rosa Parks
Happy teaching! :)