Thomas Alva Edison
A science lesson on Thomas Edison. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheet.
• Students will be able to state details about the life of Thomas Edison.
• Students will be able to describe some of Edisonís inventions.
• Students will be able to state an opinion about the impact of Edisonís work on everyday modern life.
3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade
Print the reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).
Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions. Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.
Thomas Alva Edison is one of the most important scientists and inventors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Edison was born in Ohio in 1847, and when he was 7 years old, he moved with his family to Michigan. He went to school in Michigan for only 3 months before his mother decided to teach him at home. Thomas got a job selling newspapers when he was 12. He began to lose his hearing around the same time. When he was 15, Thomas bought a used printing press and began to publish his own newspaper. He called it the Weekly Herald.
In 1862, Thomas rescued a three-year-old boy who was nearly run over by a boxcar. The boy's father was very grateful and offered to teach Thomas how to use the telegraph.
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