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For use while teaching a unit on inventors.
Make a list of inventors for your students to choose from.
Let your students choose their own inventor.
Let your students choose their own inventor but narrow down the category (food inventions, clothing inventions, women inventors, etc.)
After your student has chosen an inventor, they first create a fact page. Students draw a picture of the inventor and give three facts about that inventor. This can be something that you hang up on your tack strips, or make a bulletin board in your classroom.
Next, your students should pair up into groups of two and interview each other. The students can answer the questions in the perspective of the inventor or answer as a student. If you have time, let the students be more creative and come up with their own interview questions. They could break up into small groups and do it as a game show, or one student could play the part of a talk show host and do a video interview.
I have included some questions. Feel free to use these or make your own.
I have also included instructions on how to create an audio podcast using the free program Audacity. If you are using mobile devices, most of them have an audio recording app loaded. Students can share the recordings with you through e-mail or a dropbox.
I have also included an inventor scavenger hunt. Students can use internet searching skills to find the answers to these questions.
Also includes a double puzzle (unscramble and place letters in numbered boxes) using vocabulary terms relating to George Eastman, inventor of the portable camera.