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Children will identify several Black inventors and explain how their inventions solved problems.

Social Studies Focus: Black History Month

Science Focus: inventors

Simple, spectacular ideas to boost your lessons.

Paired Text: Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? by Patrice McLaurin

  • This book explores Black inventors and how their inventions affect kids’ everyday lives.
  • There are also mini biographies of each inventor in the back of the book.

Draw the Word: bristles

  • Kids learned the word bristles from the issue. Help make the word “stick” by having kids draw what the word means.
  • Use our Draw the Word skill sheet or have kids draw it in a word journal.

Hands-on Activity: Be an Inventor

Skill: critical thinking

Materials: Be an Inventor skill sheet, pencils, crayons

  • Use the question on page 3 of the issue as a springboard for this activity. Give each child a copy of the skill sheet and discuss the problem: The giraffe is too tall for Kim to reach.
  • Invite children to draw their ideas and name their inventions. If kids are stuck, you can prompt them with questions such as, “What could make the sponge reach higher?”
  • Have children share their work and compare their inventions.