Included in this packet are the following supplemental resources and activities based on the story "Young Thomas Edison."
*10 comprehension task cards based on the story
*Graphic Organizers on summary, main idea, and sequencing.
*4 interactive notebook pages to deepen student understanding.
There is also an interactive notebook page focusing in on multiple vocabulary words from the story.
This is a great story to use as a read aloud for your students, or if you're using a reading series in your school with this story included, this is just a great way to have your students work on some supplemental resources.
Summary of story:
Foreshadowing his amazing career as an inventor, Edison made his first laboratory in his family's cellar in Ohio when he was just nine years old. This is among the interesting pieces of information Dooling offers about the young Al, as he was called. Edison had only three months of formal education. After a teacher punished him for not paying attention, his mother homeschooled him. The fact that he was hard of hearing--later almost completely deaf--may have added to his inability to concentrate. At 12, he sold papers on a train, and he continued his experiments in the baggage car. An explosion ended that career, but he went on to work as a telegraph operator, moving around the country even as he conducted his constant experimental search for the why and how of things. Although the tale ends abruptly with a description of some of his most marvelous inventions--the incandescent lightbulb, the phonograph, the kinetoscope, from which movies were to come--the story gives a feel for Edison's genius and persistence. The richly finished oil-on-linen paintings have a fine period glow that increases the sense of history.
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Clip art also provided by The Enlightened Elephant.