For Teachers Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 January President's Day Social Studies Winter

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BEN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Written by Diane

Ben Franklin

January 17th is the birthdate of one of early America’s preeminent citizens, Benjamin Franklin. Not only was he a founding father and a distinguished journalist, but he was also an accomplished scientist. *Digging into our database of quality websites, I located these links to celebrate Ben Franklin’s birthday by recognizing his many accomplishments.

Electricity

How Shocking reveals how, through experimentation, Franklin proved that lightning was a form of electricity.

Other links are available in our Star Center Resources. Select Science > Grade 4 > Lesson-Related Websites and open the Electricity category.

Colonial Period

Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World is an interactive timeline. (Please note, this website only displays properly using the Internet Explorer Web Browser.)

The Ben Franklin Story (Parts 1 & 2) includes two 10-minute videos that tell the story of Ben Franklin. Part 1 is The Inventive Genius and Part 2 is America’s Diplomat.

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin is a picture book read-aloud of the social and scientific contributions of Ben Franklin.

Ben Franklin: An Extraordinary Life. An Electric Mind, produced by PBS, includes information and interactive activities about Ben Franklin. It includes a timeline, map, and kite-making directions. It has a Virtue Quiz, which might be a bit much for elementary students.

The Animated Hero Classics Resource & Activity Book is a pdf filled with activities related to Benjamin Franklin that can be printed out as a booklet or as separate worksheets.

About Ben includes the following topics: Franklin as Printer, Booklover, Author;  Franklin as Scientist and Inventor; Franklin as Diplomat and Statesman; and Franklin’s Legacy. It is produced by the US Government Printing Office that uses Ben as their spokesperson.

Other links are available in our Star Center Resources. Select Social Studies > Grades 2, 3, 4, or 5 websites, and open the Colonial Period category.


For a class activity or writing assignment, have each student or small groups of students choose one of any number of great Franklin quotes and explain it. Include how it is still a relevant quote for today.

EXAMPLES:

  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
  • Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.
  • Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.
  • The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
  • By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
  • Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.

Of course, it’s a birthday, there should be cake!

*For our current customers, these and other websites are in the Simple Solutions Star Center  or click here for information about our products.

About the author

Diane

Diane D has been researching and writing for Simple Solutions since retiring from her teaching position at the Nordonia schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Diane, who is fluent in Italian, travels a lot, bikes every opportunity she gets, rock climbs, skis, and has recently joined a rowing team.

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