Benjamin Franklin is a very influential person in our nation’s history. This month, I am participating in the January Birthday linkup with the iHomeschool Network. Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1705. I decided to create some fun Benjamin Franklin Lesson Ideas to go along with this month’s post. Plus, I have a bunch of other great resources to share with you about Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin Lesson:
I made a free printable with a few activities about Benjamin Franklin. Included in this printable are the following activities:
Understanding the Quotes of Benjamin Franklin
A Magic Squares Grid Activity
An Activity on the Inventions of Benjamin Franklin
Creating Your Own Invention Page
Understanding Political Cartoons- Join or Die Plus a spot to make your own
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More Resources for a Benjamin Franklin Lesson Unit….
Books on Benjamin Franklin:
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (Free on Kindle)
Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Baretta
Childhood of Famous American’s Series: Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer by Augusta Stevenson
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares by Frank Murphy
Who Was Ben Franklin? by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Benjamin Franklin, American Genius: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by Brandon Marie Miller
Video Clips and Movies on Benjamin Franklin:
Liberty’s Kids is a wonderful series about the history of our country and Ben Franklin is a main character in it.
Biography.com has a full movie about Benjamin Franklin that you can watch for free.
There are also several other Benjamin Franklin Biographies and documentaries on him that you can watch on YouTube.
Learn more about the Declaration of Independence with the musical movie 1776.
Watch the Disney movie Ben & Me based on the book of the same name.
This is a reading of the Declaration of Independence by celebrities that is pretty cool!
Too Late To Apologize- A Declaration With Lyrics (About the Declaration of Independence as well)
Crafts and Activities on Benjamin Franklin:
Do some printmaking with potato stamps, styrofoam, bubbles, or in any other fun way…
Make some pipe cleaner glasses.
Fly a kite and talk about lightning and electricity with your kids.
Create fun pseudonyms for each other.
Learn about the Declaration of Independence. There are hundreds of amazing teaching resources on this topic online.
See more Famous January Birthday Posts at the iHomeschool Network!
I just have to add in that I am quite partial to January Birthdays since mine, my sister’s and two of my kids birthdays are in January! 🙂