An inventor is someone who makes
something for the first time. Three American inventors of the
nineteenth-century were Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander
Graham Bell. Their inventions helped change our way of life.
Thomas Edison came up with over 1,000 new
inventions. Some of his inventions were the phonograph (record player), the
mimeograph (a type of copy machine), and wax paper. However, Edison's most famous invention was the
Thomas Edison also worked on improving the inventions of others.
Edison helped make the telephone, the typewriter, and the movie camera
Thomas Edison is known as one of the greatest inventors in history.
Benjamin Franklin was another
American inventor. Franklin wore eyeglasses, but he wasn't able to
see near and far with them. This problem led him to invent
bifocal glasses. Many people today wear bifocal glasses to see
both distances, near and far. Some people recall Ben Franklin flying
a kite and think that he discovered electricity. Franklin did not
discover electricity, however, he did invent the lightning rod
which helped protect buildings from lightning strikes.
In the 1800s, when people heard about an
idea to put a telephone in every home, people often laughed and didn't
believe it could happen. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor
of the telephone, proved them wrong. Today, most people do
have a telephone in their home and have Alexander Graham Bell to thank for
These three inventors have
made important contributions to the American way of life. What will
you invent to change the lives of others?
Use the above information to complete the
is someone who makes something for the first
2. Three famous American
inventors were Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Graham
Bell. Their inventions helped
our way of life.
3. Thomas Edison came up with over
4. Benjamin Franklin invented the
5. Alexander Graham Bell invented the
True or False?
6. Thomas Edison helped improve the
inventions of other people.
7. Thomas Edison invented the
8. Benjamin Franklin invented
9. The lightning rod was invented by
10. Thomas Edison invented which of the
All of the above.
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