To introduce the unit, I start off with a KWL. I want to know what background knowledge the kids come in with. I then give the Pre Test. There are 4 different homework sheets, too, that involve the families.
The next step is to build academic vocabulary. I whole-heartedly believe that students can handle this type of technical vocabulary, We just have to break it down for them in easy to understand chunks. Students will predict the definitions, look up the origin of the word in a dictionary to study the root, draw pictures of the word, and finally define the word. I have essential vocab and additional vocab in this pack with picture clues and definitions. I also have a literacy center for matching vocab words and definitions.
Each inventor has a poster with a motivational quote, informational text, various sheets to choose from for note taking, various sheets to choose from for organizing an essay, and paper for writing a biography. You can choose to split up your class and have each group learn and write about one inventor, then teach each other in a Jigsaw manner, or you can have all students learn about all inventors. It's up to you!
These activities are for when you are done learning about the individual inventors. Sheets are included for if you choose to do a jigsaw and students can write down information that they learn from each other. There is also a World Map and a Timeline activity to tie in Social Studies.
In my literature connection, I created two writing prompts, a synonym literacy center, and an invention brainstorming sheet. This book is a great segway into the Invention Project!
Here are some of the inventions my kids came up with when I taught 3rd grade:
"Camera with a radio"
Pretty funny! This kids loved this culminating activity and it brings in those scientific method standards!
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