Benjamin Franklin: An Inquiring Mind
Martha Jefferson: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Three class periods
The 18th century, during which Martha Jefferson lived, was a time of great discoveries and inventions. One of the most “inventive” inventors was Benjamin Franklin, who was probably an acquaintance of Martha's, as well as a close colleague of Thomas Jefferson in framing the American Revolution, the Constitution, and then the early years of the United States.
1. Divide the class into several small groups; assign each group one of the following tasks:
This lesson can be extended in several ways:
For enrichment activities connected to Benjamin Franklin, see
Franklin Enrichment Activities, or for
The Classroom Science Fair could include other inventions of the period: see, for example,
18th Century Inventions
Benjamin Franklin: An Enlightened American
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.