Middle School
History & Social Studies

It's All About the Benjamins: Benjamin Franklin

This collection is a plethora of resources on the life and times of Benjamin Franklin.
A Collection By Shelina Warren
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It's All About the Benjamins: Benjamin Franklin
  • Shelina Warren says:
    This site lists frequently asked questions about Benjamin Franklin. From reading and researching, students should see how important Mr. Franklin was to our livelihood and politics. This is why I began this collection.
  • Shelina Warren says:
    From researching resources to add to this collection, it was recommended that students watch this Disney movie, Ben & Me, which is based on the book of the same name. Again, having different versions of the story (written, video, etc.) will really prove essential to the students of today.
  • Shelina Warren says:
    This book introduces readers ages 9 and up to the life and times of one of America’s greatest thinkers with over 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Our students should love using this book to create projects and participate in activities that relate to Benjamin Franklin. My students love being creative and with the right instruction, they can do just that!
  • Shelina Warren says:
    Students will gain an understanding of the life and times of Benjamin Franklin in a series of activities that carry Franklin's ideas to the present day.
  • Shelina Warren says:
    This short video highlights the Benjamin Franklin Museum. I visited this museum last year and garnered so many ideas for teaching my students more about the life and times of Benjamin Franklin. So, I had to include this in my collection.
  • Shelina Warren says:
    Scholastic‘s You Interview: Ben Franklin activity brings Ben Franklin into the 21st century via a time machine! Then, students don the caps of Scholastic News reporters and “interview” one of the greatest inventors in history. This interactive display will really resonate with your students, as it did mine. This will be a great opportunity to turn history, which they think of as boring, into something relevant, informative, and fun.
  • Shelina Warren says:
    It wasn't until I visited Philadelphia, PA this spring that I developed a love for Benjamin Franklin. I decided to create a curriculum around him for my gifted and talented students. This resource includes eight lessons that will teach students about the life and times of Benjamin Franklin. I have used a few these in my classroom with great success.
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Janine DillerMiddle School High School Early Childhood EducationMarch 21, 2016
Scholastic's Interview Ben Franklin would be a great way to have my middle school students take a more active role in the classroom. I love that it guides them into choosing questions they want to know more about, giving them some ownership of the activity, hopefully increasing their engagement! This would also be a great activity to use in collaboration with the English department, since it also reviews interview skills and how to write a news story.