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Ch 4: American Inventors & Inventions Lesson Plans

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Use these handy lesson plan outlines to supplement your regular classroom instruction on some of America's most famous inventors. You will find ideas for group and individual projects, games, activities and other tools to make learning fun and easy.

American Inventors & Inventions Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The resources in this chapter will help you introduce your students to some of America's most ingenious inventions and the amazing people who created them. You will find lesson plan outlines, games, activities, project ideas and accompanying lessons on such innovative thinkers as George Washington Carver, Henry Ford and the Wright brothers. These lessons include information on who these men were, what they invented, and other interesting facts about their lives and accomplishments. You can use these resources to design:

  • Classroom assignments about the life and works of George Washington Carver
  • Fun projects based on George Washington Carver's inventions
  • Lessons, activities and games based on the Wright Brothers
  • Assignments illustrating Henry Ford's assembly line and related innovations
  • Biographical lessons on Henry Ford and the history of the assembly line
  • Activities and games based on Ford's work and the assembly line
  • Lessons defining what mass production is and how it was used in the 1920s
  • Homework assignments illustrating mass production techniques and examples

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Helps to ensure that your lessons on American inventors and their inventions are consistent with current learning standards
  • Individual or group projects: Includes ideas for projects on George Washington Carver's works that students can complete singly or in groups
  • Activities or games: Offers ideas and suggestions for games and activities based on the lives and inventions of Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers and George Washington Carver, the assembly line, mass production and more

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on American inventors and inventions easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics on American inventors and inventions that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in these lesson plans focusing on American inventors and their inventions.
  • Share the related lessons about American inventors and inventions for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on American inventions and inventors.
  • Engage your students with relevant games and activities, discussion questions or other materials on American inventors and inventions found in the lesson plan outline.

39 Lessons in Chapter 4: American Inventors & Inventions Lesson Plans
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Thomas Edison Lesson Plan

1. Thomas Edison Lesson Plan

What was the legacy of Thomas Edison? This lesson plan makes use of a fact-filled text lesson to engage students while an activity has them compare Thomas Edison's inventions to modern technology.

Who Was Thomas Edison? - Biography, Facts & Timeline

2. Who Was Thomas Edison? - Biography, Facts & Timeline

Learn about the famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Wizard of Menlo Park who was the driving force behind many of today's most useful tools including phones, television, and even X-rays.

Thomas Edison Games & Activities

3. Thomas Edison Games & Activities

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.

Alexander Graham Bell Lesson Plan

4. Alexander Graham Bell Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about Alexander Graham Bell. Students will read an informational text and discuss aspects of the inventor's life, inspiration, and innovations. After asking and answering questions, students apply concepts to an activity.

Alexander Graham Bell: Biography, Facts & Inventions

5. Alexander Graham Bell: Biography, Facts & Inventions

Best known for his invention of the telephone, Scottish-American scientist Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) dedicated much of his life to the research and development of a machine that could transmit sound by electricity. In addition to this, he was an innovative man that had a profound effect on the scientific community.

Alexander Graham Bell Activities

6. Alexander Graham Bell Activities

If you are teaching your students about famous inventors, you will not want to neglect the inspiring life and works of Alexander Graham Bell. This lesson offers some activities that will help bring students in closer to the important work he did.

George Washington Carver Lesson Plan

7. George Washington Carver Lesson Plan

George Washington Carver was a busy man! Teach your students who he was and what he invented using this lesson plan that gets students moving and active.

George Washington Carver Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

8. George Washington Carver Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Let's learn about how George Washington Carver used a little creative thinking, careful study and a kind heart to help make the world a little better.

George Washington Carver's Inventions: Lesson for Kids

9. George Washington Carver's Inventions: Lesson for Kids

George Washington Carver was an inventor who loved plants. He is credited with over 300 inventions and nicknamed 'Peanut Man' because of his most famous inventions. Learn more about this kindly inventor.

George Washington Carver Project Ideas

10. George Washington Carver Project Ideas

George Washington Carver is one of the key characters students enjoy learning about from African American history. This lesson offers some ideas for projects that will motivate students to learn about Carver's life and work.

Lewis Latimer Lesson Plan

11. Lewis Latimer Lesson Plan

Teach your students about Lewis Latimer with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that gives an overview of the life of the inventor as well as some of his inventions. Discussion questions and hands-on activities help boost student understanding and keep engagement high.

Lewis Latimer: Biography, Inventions & Facts

12. Lewis Latimer: Biography, Inventions & Facts

There were many great inventors throughout history. In this lesson, we will be looking at the life and career of Lewis Latimer, and exploring his role as one of the great inventors in American history.

African American Inventors Lesson Plan

13. African American Inventors Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will read a text lesson to learn about African American inventors and their contributions to society. Two activities and a quiz will allow students to demonstrate mastery.

Famous African American Inventors: Inventions & Names

14. Famous African American Inventors: Inventions & Names

This lesson explores the work of African American inventors since the nation's founding. We will learn about the first African Americans to receive patents in the eighteenth century. Then, we will discover the work of notable figures who made important contributions to medicine, industry, and space science.

Wright Brothers Lesson Plan

15. Wright Brothers Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the Wright brothers. Students will read our text lesson to learn about the Wright brothers' contribution to aviation before applying concepts to a fun activity.

Wright Brothers: Biography & Accomplishments

16. Wright Brothers: Biography & Accomplishments

In this lesson we will learn about the Wright Brothers and their contribution to aviation. We will highlight key developments in their lives, and we will understand their accomplishments in historical context.

Wright Brothers Games & Activities

17. Wright Brothers Games & Activities

Orville and Wilbur Wright, also known as the Wright brothers, are some of the most inspiring scientists and inventors in US history. Use these games and activities to help familiarize your students with their lives and work.

Henry Ford Lesson Plan

18. Henry Ford Lesson Plan

Do your students know why Henry Ford is so important in to American history? This lesson plan uses a fact-based text lesson to summarize his life and work while an activity helps to explain his legacy.

Henry Ford: Biography, Facts, Assembly Line & Accomplishments

19. Henry Ford: Biography, Facts, Assembly Line & Accomplishments

Henry Ford created the first functioning automobile for public use, forever changing transportation. In this lesson, we'll explore Ford's life and see how he revolutionized the American factory.

Henry Ford Games & Activities

20. Henry Ford Games & Activities

Industrialist Henry Ford made significant contributions to manufacturing and the American workforce. In this lesson, teachers will acquire classroom games and activities designed to help students learn about the life and work of this famous automobile magnate.

Mass Production Lesson Plan

21. Mass Production Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce the topics of mass production and the assembly line. Students will watch two videos, identify key points and incorporate them into a writing activity, and participate in a fun hands-on activity.

Mass Production in the 1920s

22. Mass Production in the 1920s

Through this lesson, you will learn about the major developments in manufacturing that occurred during the 1920s, and gain insight into how the development of mass production influenced the lives of millions of people.

Mass Production: Definition, Techniques & Examples

23. Mass Production: Definition, Techniques & Examples

Thousands of companies use mass production every day to get their products onto store shelves. Learn the definition of mass production and go over some techniques and examples.

Assembly Line Lesson Plan

24. Assembly Line Lesson Plan

This Study.com lesson plan helps you teach your students about the Industrial Age concept of the assembly line. Students will learn about the history, examine advantages, and participate in an experiment to learn about the assembly line.

Assembly Lines: History & Types

25. Assembly Lines: History & Types

The assembly line is a manufacturing process that has become a key component of the industrial age. On an assembly line, parts are added to a product in a sequential manner to create a finished product.

Assembly Line Games & Activities

26. Assembly Line Games & Activities

Are your students learning about Henry Ford, the American Industrial Revolution, or the assembly line? This lesson contains a few ideas for fun and stimulating games and activities that will help students understand assembly lines and their benefits.

Interchangeable Parts Lesson Plan

27. Interchangeable Parts Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the importance and use of interchangeable parts. Start by watching an informative video lesson and discussing the important concepts. Follow this teaching by having students participate in several hands-on activities to cement the concepts.

Eli Whitney and Interchangeable Parts: Definition & History

28. Eli Whitney and Interchangeable Parts: Definition & History

In this lesson, we will look at the role Eli Whitney played in promoting the use of interchangeable parts. We will explore the concept of interchangeable parts, and see how Eli Whitney implemented this technology at his rifle factory.

Poor Richard's Almanack Lesson Plan

29. Poor Richard's Almanack Lesson Plan

What was Poor Richard's Almanack and who authored it? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts about Poor Richard's Almanack. An activity gives students the opportunity to get creative.

Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack: Summary & Sayings

30. Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack: Summary & Sayings

Benjamin Franklin is known as an inventor, a humorist, a founding father of the United States, and a gifted writer. In this lesson, we will examine his work 'Poor Richard's Almanack,' a compilation of wise sayings, weather forecasts, and entertainment.

History of Flight Lesson Plan

31. History of Flight Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the history of flight with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz to follow up, and participate in four hands-on activities to reinforce main concepts.

History of Flight & Aviation: Timeline & Evolution

32. History of Flight & Aviation: Timeline & Evolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the history of aviation on earth and in space. We will highlight key themes and developments and will come to understand how innovations have impacted manned flight.

History of Medicine Lesson Plan

33. History of Medicine Lesson Plan

Have your students ever wondered about the origins of medicine? This lesson plan explores its history. Students will watch a video, read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

History of Medicine: Origin, Timeline & Summary

34. History of Medicine: Origin, Timeline & Summary

This lesson briefly goes over some of the major concepts, turning points, and names associated with medicine. You'll learn how medicine originated and how it continued from there on until today.

Garrett Morgan Lesson Plan

35. Garrett Morgan Lesson Plan

Through this plan students learn about and discuss the life and work the African-American inventor, Garrett Morgan. Additionally, they carry on his spirit through observing real-world problems and proposing innovative solutions as part of a group.

Garrett Morgan: Biography & Inventions

36. Garrett Morgan: Biography & Inventions

In this lesson, learn about Garrett Morgan's triumphant professional evolution. Despite facing racial prejudices, he became a lucrative businessman who produced several successful inventions that endure as a testimony to his genius.

Amelia Earhart Project Ideas

37. Amelia Earhart Project Ideas

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. Students will be fascinated to learn about this pioneer in aviation through these engaging projects.

Alexander Graham Bell Project Ideas

38. Alexander Graham Bell Project Ideas

Many students know the name Alexander Graham Bell, but few know much about his life or the era he lived in. These projects can help your students gain a deeper understanding of Bell's life, work, and legacy.

Benjamin Franklin Project Ideas

39. Benjamin Franklin Project Ideas

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of America and is also known to have been an inventor, writer, scientist, and diplomat (among other things). Utilizing a variety of skills, including research and writing, students will learn more about this important figure through these projects.

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