Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is among the most famous inventors of all time. But did you know that he didn’t actually invent the light bulb? And that he did invent one of the first x-ray machines? In this BrainPOP movie on Thomas Edison, Tim and Moby will help you get the facts straight about the famous Wizard of Menlo Park. You’ll learn about his youth in a bustling Michigan railroad town, and find out why his mom pulled him out of school after just three months of class! You’ll also learn how Edison began making a name for himself by improving a device called the telegraph. And you’ll find out more about his other accomplishments, too, including how he helped light up North America--and what the company he founded is called today!

Inventors & Inventions Lesson Plan

As part of a thematic unit on inventors and inventions, students will investigate two famous inventors, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Working in triads, students will conduct research, record their findings, and create a presentation comparing their life accomplishments using a multi-media tool of their choice: Prezi, Google Slides, Thinglink, or PowToon. Prior to beginning, students will create a rubric with the teacher so that they understand that their presentation will be assessed not just on their findings and creativity, but also must include comparative writing transition words and correct writing mechanics. Mini lessons will be covered on using the correct passive past simple subject/verb agreements. This thematic unit is adaptable for grade levels 2-8. This lesson will scaffold over the course of 7-10 days. See more »

Thomas Edison Lesson Plan: How Inventions Build Upon Each Other

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to identify important accomplishments in the life of Thomas Edison. Students will also research later inventions that utilized Edison's scientific findings and/or improved on his inventions. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Energy Technology and Science Industries Lesson Plan: STEM Careers of the Future

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students will analyze a slideshow of the 10 best careers of the future. Students will use BrainPOP and other internet resources to research one of these careers, or design their own career based upon the most pressing 21st century needs identified in the slideshow. Each student will create an individual slide and description based on his or her selected career to create a collaborative slideshow about STEM careers of the future. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Famous Historical Figures Lesson Plan: Who Am I?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for any grade level, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the life and works of historical figures. Students will research their selected historical figure, create a "Who Am I?" bag of clues about their figure, and invite classmates to deduce which historical figure they researched. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »