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Inventions are an interesting thing to study, but you have to be ready to use your imagination. Our minds have a funny way of getting used to a lot of new things fairly quickly, so it’s hard to remember that the world hasn’t always been exactly how it is now—and that it won’t always stay this way, either.

For example, you probably don’t remember a time when there wasn’t an Internet or when it took days (or longer) to travel somewhere that now takes just a few hours. Many things have changed in a relatively short period of time. Let’s see what we can learn about ten inventors who changed the world.

Your child will be inspired by 10 famous inventors through 10 self-contained lessons. The lessons are constructed in a simple format: short and informative text followed by comprehension questions and a space for written narration.

Inventors Covered in this Unit Study:

  • James Watt
  • Alessandro Volta
  • Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre
  • Louis Braille
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Thomas Edison
  • Nikola Tesla
  • George Washington Carver
  • Wright Brothers
  • Marie Curie

How to Use Famous People Notebook: Inventors

You are welcome to complete each lesson in any order that suits your current study or interest. However, please note that completing the lessons in order will provide your student with basic understanding of these historic changes and how they impacted the world.

Each lesson begins with a short and informative text about the famous inventor. Your student may read the lesson to himself or aloud then answer the comprehension questions. There is a space provided for written narration. To aid a student who struggles with reading comprehension we suggest using the comprehension questions as writing prompts for this section. A parent or teacher may read the text and/or the questions orally if that is beneficial to your student.

Skills Taught:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Critical thinking
  • Notebooking
  • Research

Inventors and Inventions Terminology

Suggested vocabulary words are bolded to easily prompt the student to take notice. We suggest having your student look up any unknown bolded words to encourage proper understanding of the text. You may want to have your student create a notebook with the words and definitions. The student may look up the words in another source, however, there is a glossary at the end of the study.

Research an Inventor

Once the student completes the comprehension questions and written narration there is a section for additional information. At the end of the study, your student will select his favorite inventor to study further with additional resources of his choice and then write a narration on the paper provided. Lastly, there is a final review quiz for your student to complete.

*Answer keys for comprehension questions for each lesson and final review quiz are provided.