Thomas Edison


Our Thomas Edison lesson plan teaches students all about Thomas Edison’s life, including his accomplishments, inventions, background, and more. Students will learn related vocabulary and will be able to discuss Edison and his achievements.

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Our Thomas Edison lesson plan focuses on his inventions and how they have influenced us today. It also spends a little time on how Edison is an inspiring historical figure because he overcame disadvantages and he lived by the idea that failure was a good part of success and to never give up. During this lesson, students are asked to create a timeline of Edison’s life, including events from the lesson material and from their own research. Students are also asked to answer questions about Edison based on the lesson.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify important accomplishments in the life of Thomas Edison and how they impacted modern-day inventions.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.6

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Biography, Social Studies


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Info didn’t provide…

    My son, 4-5th grade level, struggled with the clearness of questions per the practice sheet and story read. One of the questions asks if any were true, one being Edison was deaf. Well, in the story it mentions he was NEARLY deaf, yet, the answer provided says he WAS deaf and that was to be marked TRUE. Pertaining the importance of physical attributes, being completely deaf and nearly deaf are different; nearly deaf- could he still hear some things? Was a bit disheartening.