Thomas Edison Games & Activities

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Thomas Edison is a giant figure in American history and culture. This lesson provides teachers with classroom games and activities about the life and work of Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison

As a world-renowned scientist and inventor, Thomas Edison has been an inspirational figure to generations of dreamers. He is responsible for inventions ranging from practical electric lights to movie cameras. The activities in this lesson are designed to supplement classroom study of Thomas Edison in order to increase student understanding and appreciation for this remarkable man.

Choose an Invention

Hopefully your students already know about the many inventions credited to Edison. In this activity, each student will research one Edison invention and give a short oral presentation to the class. Students can choose any invention they like and their presentations should include the following.

  • Name and year of invention
  • A summary of Edison's words about the invention
  • How the invention has either evolved over the years OR why the invention is no longer practical.

Each presentation should include one visual aid. This could include example of the invention (light bulb, phonograph) or a picture of the invention. You can leave this requirement open to interpretation. You may be surprised how creative your students can be when deciding on a visual aid.

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