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Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Ideas and Inventions!

We learned about Ben Franklin and inventors this week!  I love history and it always cracks me up when you talk to first graders about anything that happened in the past.  To them anything before their 6/7 years is history.  Did you know Ben Franklin invented the first one of those "grabber" things to get stuff off the stop shelf that you can't reach?  Forget the house saving lightning rod, bifocals, or experiments with electricity... he invented something that is in Infomercials today!  If he only knew.

We read "Now and Ben" which I inherited a few years ago and I love it.   We completed a Venn Diagram to go along with it.  We also used Cara Carroll's idea from her blog (below) and came up with our own inventions.  One of the kiddo's invention idea is a machine that makes you pancakes and bacon whenever you want them.  He said it makes life easier because "EVERYONE LOVES BACON!"   Another student wants to  invent a flying car because our town is known for the MANY trains that go through daily!  You could just fly right over the trains.. genius! 

I was also really lucky to receive this handwriting booklet from Joey over at Create, Teach, & Share.

As we are getting into February, I am really cracking down on those few kids who are great readers and write excellent stories but whose handwriting leaves my eyes straining during editing!  I love this because it is so easy to read, gets right (write? hehe) to the point and is just what these kids need. I plan on adding it to their homework sheets.  You can find it HERE... also go check out her blog and show her some blog love for Valentine's Day!

Hope you are having a great weekend!!


  1. Super cute invention ideas! Thanks for sharing!
    More Than Math by Mo

  2. Stephany,

    Thank you so much for sharing this with your followers! I used it when I taught first grade and I thought it was a really great tool! I look forward to guest blogging with you this week! I'll be talking to you soon!


  3. The Venn diagram picture in your post just inspired me to make a a big Venn diagram on poster board and laminate it so we can write on it with whiteboard markers. Why didn't I ever think of that? :)

    Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain

  4. Wow! This is totally awesome! I love this post! The ideas are perfect!