Thursday, August 30, 2012

Inventions

This week we learned about Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, Benjamin Franklin, Louis Braille, Alexander Graham Bell, John Deere, and Henry Ford.

The girls loved the book, Louis Braille - The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind. They never wanted me to put it down when reading it. We read it for school and for bedtime.

With learning about Benjamin Franklin, we couldn't possibly put a key on the bottom of a string and fly a kite to discover that same electricity he felt. But we did experiment with static electricity by doing these experiments found here.

With learning about Alexander Graham Bell we did the thing we used to do when I was a kid. :)
The kids also had to come up with their own inventions to tell us about at the end of the week. They weren't allowed to tell each other what they were working on and they weren't allowed to tell me. This is a project they did totally on their own, with the exception of me or their dad having to put a nail or screw where they wanted it. My oldest came up with a stuffed animal airplane and my youngest came up with a purse hanger. Yes, I know - those inventions aren't that original, but its the thinking and the working with their hands that I liked. At the end of the week, they gave their presentation.
We also did a lapbook.

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