CyberHunt: Benjamin Franklin
Celebrate the accomplishments of a favorite, famous founding father
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Invite your middle- and upper-grade students on an Internet-based adventure! Before you begin, distribute the reproducible page below. Then send students online to the interactive hunt.CYBERHUNT ANSWER GUIDE 1. Printer. 2. Silence Dogwood. 3. Pennsylvania Gazette. Poor Richard's Almanack. 4. Lending library. Fire company. 5. Electricity. Lightning rod. 6. Storms. Gulf Stream. 7. The Declaration of Independence. The Constitution. 8. Latin. Spanish. Italian. CYBERHUNT ACTIVITIESPractice Inventing http://inventors.about.com/od/fstartinventions/a/Franklin.htm Franklin's curiosity about the world he lived in inspired him to become a master inventor. Invite students to learn about his popular inventions, each created in response to a specific need. (For example, he designed bifocals because he hated to carry around two pairs of glasses.) Have students each choose an invention to research in depth. Challenge them to answer: Why did he invent this? Do we still use it today? To extend, have students design their own need-based inventions.Draw Political Cartoons http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blfranklin_inventions.htmShare Franklin´s famous “Join or Die” illustration, considered the first American political cartoon. It represented the colonies divided, which Franklin was urging to unite. Explain that political cartoons are not always funny, but are a type of satire meant to convey the artist´s strong opinion on a subject. Ask students: What do you believe Franklin was trying to say with this image? What do you think the rattlesnake represents? Then invite them to create their own cartoons on a current issue or news event.Play a Quote Game http://library.thinkquest.org/22254http://library.thinkquest.org/22254Find many of Franklin's famous wise sayings—many of which appeared in his Poor Richard's Almanack—at these sites. Ask students to choose favorite quotes and interpret, in their own words, what Franklin meant. Then give each student a turn to write his or her “translation” on the board, and challenge the rest of the class to identify which quote it refers to. To extend, invite students to create their own “wise” quotations.MORE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LINKS The Franklin Institutehttp://sln.fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html PBS lesson planshttp://library.thinkquest.org/22254 Primary documents and morewww.ushistory.org/franklin/ Go to Kids´ Page Karyn M. Peterson is associate editor of Instructor. CyberHunt © 2004 Scholastic Inc. CYBERHUNT SAFETY: All the sites contained in the CyberHunt have been reviewed by our staff. At press time, all links are safe and consist of educational material. However, we are unable to control transfers of URLs after publication. We strongly urge teachers to review all sites before sharing them with students. Download the Ben Franklin Reproducible. To open the Reproducible, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software. If you do not have this software already installed, click here to download it FREE.