Curiosity and Science

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11904

Do you like peanut butter? Do you like to ride in a car? Do you like clean water? You wouldn't have any of those without inventors! They don't just grow on trees! Try making your own clever invention!


Scientific Method

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personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
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Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • If you could invent any invention, what would you make and why?

The world is filled with so many opportunities to explore and learn!

You were asked to think about an invention you would create. Whether you wanted to create a time machine or a robot that could clean up your toys, all inventions have a purpose and affect society.

If you put hard work and effort into discovery, exploration, and creation, you can invent many things.

In this lesson, you will explore inventions that have changed society as we know it.

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  • Did you know there is an inventor that found three hundred different ways to use peanuts?
  • Really, peanuts?

George Washington Carver is the reason we have many of the products we do today. He is responsible for making peanut butter, a popular product in many places in the world. He experimented with peanuts, pecans, sweet potatoes, soy beans, and many other plants.

His exploration with many different plants influences how companies make:

  • shampoo
  • paint
  • gasoline
  • printer ink
  • laundry soap

George Washington Carver was an excellent inventor that shared his ideas with the world. He created more than three hundred inventions that have greatly affected many places around the world.

Check out the picture of George Washington Carver below:

George Washington Carver

Image restored by Adam Cuerden from the Tuskegee University Archives, via Wikimedia Commons, is in the public domain. 

Rachel Carson wrote her first book at eleven years old!

She wrote books about the ocean, birds, and many other things. During her lifetime, she studied how pesticides that are used to protect plants from insects and other animals are affecting the environment.

Her book, Silent Spring, about how pesticides were affecting the birds, brought awareness to many people about the dangers of pesticides.

Rachel Carson

Image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via Wikimedia Commons, is part of the public domain.

Another great inventor was Henry Ford.

Henry Ford created assembly lines that are used to make products more quickly. An assembly line is a group of people, all in one line, that work on different parts of a project and pass it down the line.

Henry Ford

Image available from the US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division (cph.3c11278), via Wikimedia Commons, is in the public domain.

He was also responsible for the creation of the Model T Ford car.

This car was affordable for people living in the United States of America. His work allowed people to be able to afford to buy a car. In 1918, more than fifty percent (50%), or half, of the cars in the United States were Model T cars.

Check out the Model T Ford on the stamp below:

Model T stamp

You have now learned about a few interesting inventors and scientists that have impacted the world.

  • Aren't they interesting?
  • Which inventors most interest you?

Try this review on what you have learned!

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Now, move on to the Got It? section.

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