TeachersFirst's Inventors and Inventions Resources
Invent and Innovate! This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about inventors and inventions. Use these resources for science or social studies lessons and activities about innovation and invention, in observance of National Inventors' Day (celebrated on February 11, Thomas Edison's birthday), or at any time during the school year. Whether you are simply learning about the history of invention or planning a schoolwide Invention Convention, these resources will provide inspiration and project possibilities.
Grades3 to 6
tag(s): puzzles (208)
In the ClassroomChoose a game a month to include on your teacher web page or make available from a shortcut on your classroom computer, correlated to the current topics in your math class.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomLocate and upload digital image files or an URL for specific images. Navigate the tools of Captioner by following the simple directions. Monitor the "appropriateness" of images available on Flickr/the web. You might want to specify a tag or collection to work from for some classes. Upload your own set of digital images to Flickr ahead of time. Share also by downloading image to your desktop.
Create a captioned sequence to explain a major concept, such as mitosis or narrative patterns. You could also have students create campaign ads, posters of important people, etc. Have an object explain a concept from its point of view (solar panel tells about itself), have a famous person explain his invention or accomplishment, show what a non-verbal creature or object, such as a cell, is thinking.
Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the inventor of the week section as an activator at the beginning of every week in a science or Physics classroom. This could be used as an activator over the interactive whiteboard or as a learning center or station. This could be used every week or before inventive projects, serving as a motivator!
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomChoose an entry each month or at the start of a unit/lesson as a real world application of scientific principles you have been or will be studying. What an anticipatory set or activator! Show it on screen in your classroom or link to it from your teacher web page. You could also use this site as an enrichment challenge for your gifted students as you study a concept. Have them search the blog to find a real world application of the principles you are studying.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is a great find for both history and art history teachers! In either course, use the information and images on this site to help introduce the famous Leonardo. This site has a ton of information for students working on research projects or papers, be sure to add it to your class wiki or web page to allow them to access it both in and out of the classroom.
Grades10 to 12
Grades5 to 8
In the ClassroomUse this resource to frame a student invention unit based on the five stages detailed on the site. Focus the invention process on current or future needs brainstormed by students in class.
Grades3 to 8
tag(s): inventors and inventions (99)
In the ClassroomThis site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans and activities hosted on this site! This would be a great resource for an early American history class, be sure to save it as a favorite on your computer!
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomSelect a display that fits your classroom needs and share it on the interactive whiteboard or projector. A lot of the art displays based on the site focus on creativity and the ingenuous of design, easily motivating students to create their own original art pieces.
Grades8 to 12
tag(s): wright brothers (24)
In the ClassroomUse the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom to introduce the topic of the Wright brothers. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them on separate slides in a Powerpoint, to be displayed over the projector. Have students write down what they observe, predict and infer about each image jotting them down on a graphic organizer. (For help making graphic organizers, try: Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) Once the class has gone through all of the images, have a class discussion based on the notes that students took during the process. This activity can be used to introduce or review, in a non-lecture format.
Grades6 to 8
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the images on this site to compliment a lecture on the inventions of the 20th century. While the test is interesting, it might be a little much for a class for of lower-level readers. Include the images as a way to capture the simplicity of original designs, and compare the initial plans of these inventions to the mega-products they are today. The images are interesting, particularly the Crayola tests, and will capture kids attention as they are inventions that have impacted their own lives in a big way.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the Invention Era. This would be helpful for a a US history class.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the learning portion of this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Silk Road. There is a LOT of content here, so this would probably work best if you selected the sections students can explore to tailor it to your classroom content. To help students review the content, have them recreate a map using a tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here). Students can detail the geography of the silk road, as well as the content of the section they studied.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered within this site in the Teachers Guide! The site can be used for both history and science classrooms. Historians will appreciate the informative timelines and introspective look back, while the content itself is clearly science oriented. Save this site as a favorite on your teacher computer to allow for easy access of the guides.
Grades4 to 10
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