Sunday, October 20, 2013

Timeless Thomas-Science Mentor Text

Happy Sunday! I am excited to link up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text linky.
This week's topic is Science. In my school we teach social studies and science by quarter. That means that I have been teaching social studies to my kiddos this quarter and in two weeks when we start second quarter I will be teaching science. The book I want to share with you is one that I use during my first science unit on electricity, Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta.

Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

I love this book. Most of my students know that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but they do not know about all of the other things that he invented. They also don't realize how long it took him to create a working light bulb. Many of them think he got it right on the first or second try!

I also like to show this video to my students. The video is about 30 min long, but it does a nice job showing how hard Edison and his team had to work to get a working light bulb. So many of my kids give up after the first or second try...I love showing them how famous people had to work at things too. Things in life aren't always easy!

What are your favorite science mentor texts?


  1. I hadn't heard of this book, but it would have been great for when I was teaching 4th grade! We had to teach about Thomas Edison during our Electricity unit.

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  2. I've never heard of this one! Sounds really good. The kids do only associate him with the lightbulb but there is so much more! My daughter is going on field trip to Edison's winter home in Ft. Myers in a few weeks. Might be a good one to share with her! THANKS!
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  3. Illustrations look really cute with this book. A great way to contrast with the photographs of Edison.
    By the way, your blog design looks really nice.
    Have a great week.

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