Benjamin Franklin

Week 6: Ben Franklin (1706 – 1790)

 

READ:  K – 2:  A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David Adler

3 – 4: Meet Benjamin Franklin by Maggi Scarf

5 – 6:  Benjamin Franklin by Victoria Sherrow

7 -8: The Amazing Mr. Franklin: Or the Boy Who Read Everything by Ruth Ashby

DISCUSS:

  • Where did Ben Franklin live as a boy? (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • When Ben was 12, he went to work for his older brother.  What did his brother do?  (printed a newspaper)
  • Ben wrote secret articles for his brother’s newspaper.  How did he sign them? (Mistress Silence Dogood)
  • Why did he keep his identity secret? (he thought his brother would not publish them if he knew Ben had written them.)
  • How did James feel when he found out? (he was angry and wouldn’t publish any more articles)
  • Why did Ben leave Boston? (he and his brother didn’t get along)
  • To what city did Ben move to? (Philadelphia)
  • What newspaper did Ben start in Philly? (Pennsylvania Gazette)
  • Name some of Ben’s most famous “wise sayings” (Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man health, wealthy, and wise.  Haste makes waste.)
  • What are some of Ben’s other accomplishments? (set up fire and police departments, started a lending library, started first hospital in America, postmaster, invented Franklin stove, bifocals (glasses), lightning rod, proved lightning is electricity, acted as a representative from Massachusetts to the colonies, acted as a representative from the colonies to England and France, helped write Declaration of Independence, worked at Constitutional Convention, spoke out against slavery)

 ACTIVITIES:

K – 2: Take a white piece of paper and fold it in half; then fold it again.  In each of the four sections, draw a picture of something Ben Franklin did.

3 – 4: Complete this crossword puzzle about Ben Franklin by clicking HERE.

5 – 6: Read the following pages of quotes by Ben Franklin from “Famous quotes and authors” website by clicking HERE.  Copy 2 quotes that you like the most.  Then, write a paragraph: of Ben’s 3 major occupations, writer, inventor, and representative, in which one do you think he was most helpful to society?

7 – 8:   Read the following pages of quotes by Ben Franklin from “Famous quotes and authors” website by clicking HERE.  Copy 2 quotes that you like the most.  Then, write an essay: of Ben’s 3 major occupations, writer, inventor, and representative, in which one do you think he was most helpful to society?

Copyright May 25th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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