Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thematic Thursday - Inventors and Inventions (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!
Kids are naturally curious.  
They love to explore and tinker.
Learning about Inventors and Inventions is a great way to foster that curiosity in your students.  Having them learn about how others diligently worked and sometimes just stumbled upon ideas to solve problems, can help to encourage them to ignite their own curiosity.

I think Kid President sums it up pretty well!



This week, Thematic Thursday
 is all about Inventors and Inventions.
Stick with me 'til the end.  It will be worth it!


Teaching about Inventors and Inventions is a great way to integrate all subjects and pull in resources to teach Science and Social Studies into you ELA and Math blocks.

Today, I am going to share some great books, videos, links and resources to help you with your unit on Inventors and Inventions.

I like to start out with picture books.
These books are great springboards for the unit as they get the kids thinking outside the box.  They also teach good lessons about creativity and perseverance. 

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!
These next two books focus on women inventors.  They'll help draw in your girls to think more about math and science and what they can accomplish.

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!
Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!
Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!
Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!
One of my favorite books for this unit is this Journal of Inventions of Leonardo DaVinci.
Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

In it, are pop-ups and illustrations based on the personal notebooks and sketches of Leonardo DaVinci.



This book is a little harder to find, but I was able to locate it for purchase here.


Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

You can purchase any of these books by simply clicking on the images above or from the widget below.




Here's a really quick (2 min.)  introductory video about inventors and inventions.

Here's an inspiring video about a 15-year old boy from Sierra Leon who builds generators out of scrap.


Here's a documentary about ancient Chinese inventions.


Top Ten Inventors of all time (so far!)



Here are a couple of links to build your own Inventor's Box for your classroom or homeschool.
Click on the images for instructions.

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!    Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!


Here are som fun bulletin board and anchor chart ideas.

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!


Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!   Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!  Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!
I found this cute bulletin board and freebie at First Grade Parade.

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

Yesterday I introduced you to BoomWriter.
They have an Activity Pack that you can download that goes perfectly with this unit!

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

Links to all of these images can be found on my 
Inventors and Inventions Pinterest Board.

Follow Confessions of aTeaching Junkie's board Inventors and Inventions on Pinterest.
I've had fun putting together all of these ideas for you this week.  For even more ideas for teaching about inventors and inventions, head on over to Comprehension Connection to see what other teachers have found!

Thanks for sticking with me all the way to the end!
Click on the image below to download the PDF of resources and links.

Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

But before you go...
I have a little 
GIVEAWAY!

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Are you looking to pump up your science curriculum?   An inventors and inventions unit will inspire and motivate even your reluctant learners.  I have everything you need for organizing and beginning your unit! From kindergarten on up, these ideas will energize science education in your classroom!

12 comments :

  1. What a jam-packed post! I love it, and that right there is the idea with this linky! Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your collection of inventor ideas. Have a great week Teresa!
    Carla

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  2. WOW! You did a lot of preparation for this post! I would want This is America Charlie Brown! Of course, the other one with Lucy on it would be great, too!

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    1. LOL Susan! The one with Lucy is part of the DVD set!

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  3. I would love American Inventors and Ingenuity.

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  4. I would love "This is America Charlie Brown"! Thanks so much!

    ~Wendy
    sdwd727@gmail.com

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  5. Great post! I love the "This is America, Charlie Brown." :)
    -Heather
    heatherhaugen@netzero.com

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  6. Thanks for pulling together these wonderful resources! I think We'll be doing some inquiry based work around inventors now. :)

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  7. With changes to our social studies curriculum this year, I have been looking for some great resources to teach about important inventions. Thank you for sharing all of your research and these great resources! I would love to add the Charlie Brown video to my budding unit. Thank you!

    Lessons in the Sand

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  8. I would love to use American Inventors and Ingenuity with my class.

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  9. I would LOVE to use " This is America Charlie Brown" with my class. They LOVE Charlie Brown and this would be a perfect addition to my social studies unit!!

    hsease99@hotmail.com

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