There are some things you'll want to prepare before you begin the first lesson. I started preparing these materials a few days ahead of time.
Before You Begin Teaching the Unit
If you don’t have your own copy of the unit yet, you can purchase and download it in our Teachers Pay Teacher GetReal! store.
Unzip the file and store it somewhere on your computer or in the cloud. I uploaded my files to my Google Drive so I can easily link to them from my online planbook.
Get a copy of the book, The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford, by Suzanne Slade
Find it in your library, order it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or purchase the e-book on Teacher's Pay Teachers.
Print the file, 00InventorsSecretTeachersGuide.pdf.
This is your teachers guide.
Open the file, 22EdisonFordQuotes.pptx
This is a PowerPoint of growth mindset quotes by Edison and Ford. Print out the slides and hang the quotes around your classroom. I laminated mine. To make them POP out, you might want to back them with colorful paper. These quotes will be hanging up during the unit and they will be used in one of the last lessons of the unit.
Open the file, 01InventionsandInnovations.pptx
Print the following slides, in color, if possible: 2-7, 10-17, and 20. Then, make enough copies to support groups of 3 or 4 students. This is going to depend on how many students you wish to have in the small groups. I am grouping my 4th grade students into groups of 2 and 3, because that is how they work best.
You may wish to laminate these so you can reuse them.
Print the file, 03InventionSearchHomework.pdf.
Make a copy for each student. This homework is assigned after Lesson One.
Read through Lesson One: What's an Invention?
Okay, that's it! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!