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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Statesman and Inventor

FOR GRADES K-8


Ben Franklin.Ben Franklin is a mischievous, curious young lad, concocting some remarkable contraptions as his earliest inventions. Despite having less than two years of schooling, he quickly learns the printing trade from his brother, James, and leaves home at age 17 to make his own way in the world. He eventually lands in Philadelphia, where he opens a printing business, the success of which enables him to "retire" by age 42.

He then becomes intrigued with the study of static electricity, and children join Ben in conducting some of his electrifying experiments. He also founds America's first circulating library, greatly improves the postal service, and continues to solve problems with his numerous inventions, including the Franklin Stove, swim fins, the lightning rod, bifocals, and the glass armonica, the first musical instrument invented by an American.

As he matures, the call for America's freedom beckons him, and he becomes pivotal in drafting both the Declaration of Independence and America's Constitution.

Ben's fascinating story will ignite the natural curiosity of all students and challenge them to ask, "Why?" "What if?" and "What can I do to make a difference?"

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RELATED CURRICULUM SUGGESTIONS
*Inventors
*Leadership
*Biographies
*Colonial Period
*Founding Fathers
*Character Education
*STEM Common Core
*ELA Common Core
*Illinois Social Science Standards


SPECIFIC COMMON CORE TIE-INS ARE LISTED BELOW


SPECIAL CELEBRATION DATES
*October - National Book Month
*October 16-12 - CHARACTER COUNTS! Week
*November - Inspirational Role Models Month
*November 13-17 - American Education Week
*December 15 - Bill of Rights Day
*December 16 - Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
*January 17 - Ben Franklin
's birthday
*February - Youth Leadership Month
*February 1 - Freedom Day
*February 11 - National Inventor
's Day
*April - National Poetry Month/School Library Month
*April 8-14 - School Library Week
*April 14 - First Abolitionist Society founded by Ben Franklin
*May 6-11 - Children
's Book Week

COMMON CORE TIE-INS
--ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS:
*Reading: Craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, key ideas and details
*Writing: Text types and purposes
*Speaking and listening
*Research to build on knowledge
--ILLINOIS SOCIAL SCIENCE STANDARDS
*Civics in all respects
*Economics, geography
*History - past and present, how people shape change
--NEW ILLINOIS SCIENCE STANDARDS
*Experiments with static electricity
*Electric/magnetic interactions between objects
*Cause and effect; energy, motion and matter
*Asking questions/developing new ideas to solve a problem

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TESTIMONIALS
CHICAGO
"My kids just loved it. Very age-appropriate. Interesting to see him from the child to the adult kids could really relate to him. Thoroughly enjoyed the experiments, too! "
--First Grade Teacher, Divine Providence School, Westchester
"Fantastic! Awesome! Very relevant to both social studies and science. Great experiments with the kids as helpers. The best we've seen! "
--Fourth Grade Teacher, Fierke School, Oak Forest
"Humorous, interesting, very energetic production. Kids loved the static electricity experiments, too. What a wonderful way to learn history! "
--Fifth Grade Teacher, Lowrie School, Elgin
"Allowing the students to see Ben at an early age and hear of some of his mistakes enabled them to relate to him.  Excellent!"
--Fifth Grade Teacher, St. Michael, Wheaton

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BOSTON:
"Outstanding presentation! Educational, humorous and entertaining. Children were captivated from the first moment to the last. Really enjoyed the experiments, too!"
--
K-8 Teachers, Holy Trinity School, Fall River
"Just excellent! Many of these types of programs "dumb down" the material and talk down to the students. This group maintains an appropriate intellectual level and is totally entertaining at the same time."
--Third Grade Teacher, MacDonald School, West Bridgewater

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL:
"Very enjoyable and informative for all ages!  Good humor, good life lessons, fun experiments, great audience participation!  Excellent!"
--First Grade Teacher, All Saints Catholic School, Lakeville
"I loved how it tied in with our Life Skills unit - "Do something good today!"
--
Sixth Grade Teacher, Rush Creek School, Maple Grove

 

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