Summary from Harper Collins:
Ben Franklin was the most famous American in the entire world during colonial times. No wonder! After all, the man could do just about anything. Why, he was an author and an athlete and a patriot and a scientist and an inventor to boot. He even found a way to steal the lightning right out of the sky.
Is such a thing possible? Is it. Take a look inside and find Ben busy at work on every spread. Then find out how he used his discovery about lightning to make people’s lives safer.
In an inventive way, Rosalyn Schanzer brings us a brilliant and ever-curious American original.
How Can You Use This Book in the Classroom:
- Have students document all of the awesome things Ben Franklin did for science and American history. One of those things should not be “discovered electricity”. Franklin did not discover electricity.
- Use a lesson plan from the National Park Service.
- Have students research Ben Franklin and/or the United States Government using Ben’s Guide.
- Study circuits using PhET simulations or Blobz Guide to Electrical Circuits.
- Watch and discuss the Liberty’s Kids episode Postmaster General Franklin. You can even research Franklin at the Liberty’s Kids website.