Happy Birthday Ben!
Ben Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. Divide the class into teams. Each group will select a different career focus to research and present information about this famous statesman, scientist, inventor, economist, and printer.
Learn about proverbs (and hear Benjamin Franklin say them) at the Franklin Institute website at sln.fi.edu. Discover what each proverb means and help students with their own guesses. See if they know the meaning of, "If the shoe fits, wear it."
Franklin on the Move
Geography A traveling exhibition about Benjamin Franklin featuring 250 artifacts, many of which were owned by Franklin, and over 40 different interactive activities, was viewed by over 700,000 people the year of his 300th anniversary. Have students research the exhibition by going to www.benfranklin300.org. The exhibition is divided into six sections: Character Matters, B. Franklin Printer, Civic Visions, Useful Knowledge, World Stage, and Seeing Franklin.
This multimedia site introduces Benjamin Franklin as a patriot, inventor, and scientist. There are hands-on crafts, an interactive timeline, games, lesson plans, a virtual quiz, and a video trailer.
Electric Ben Franklin
This site has many resources about Benjamin Franklin. Includes his experiments, biographies, quotes, and panoramas of the Franklin Court and the Independence Hall.
Benjamin Franklin is always a high-interest personality. Here are some books your student can try: The Life of Benjamin Franklin: An American Original by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Henry Holt, 2006) and Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta (Henry Holt, 2006).