Benjamin Franklin Unit Study

Hi everyone, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes over here to create a new set of unit studies! This series is all about famous Scientists & Inventors! As usual each study includes fun hands-on activities to go along with the unit to help students remember what they’ve learned, and also provide them with a fun reference too to review and recall each person they’ve learned about.


Each of my scientist & inventor unit studies contains educational lessons, activities and a fun lap book that your students will work on as they progress through the study. The lessons also include book reports, vocabulary, character traits of these important figures, and critical thinking skills. I currently have 7 studies in this series. These studies are geared towards grades Kindergarten-4th, but can probably be adapted for older students as well.

Today I’m pleased to present the Benjamin Franklin Unit Study.


Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States due to his great political achievements. He was also a musician, scientist, inventor, statesman, and diplomat. He is most well known for his discoveries regarding electricity and is credited with inventing the lightening rod, bifocal gasses, the Franklin Stove, the glass armonica, along with many others. He was also an author and commonly wrote articles under a pseudonym.

Franklin was present at the Second Continental Congress and in June 1776 was appointed to the Committee of Five that drafted the United States Declaration of Independence. In 1775 he was named the first united States Postmaster General. He is the only Founding Father who is a signatory of all four of the major documents of the founding of the United States: The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, the Treaty of Alliance with France, and the United States Constitution. Though Franklin died in 1790, his name and legacy lives on.

Watch the video on my Benjamin Franklin Unit Study/Lapbook here!

This study uses the Benjamin Franklin scientists and inventors series by Mike Venezia, but students are welcome to use any other researched information they can find as well. I would highly encourage older students to do some independent research on their scientist and inventor prior to completing their final report.



In this study students will learn all about Benjamin Franklin , his childhood history, lifetime achievements, characteristics, as well as some of his greatest inventions and contributions to the United States of America. Below is a sample of the Lapbook that students will create as they learn about Benjamin Franklin. Activities for this unit include:

  • All About Benjamin Franklin
  • Inventions
  • The New England Currant
  • Franklin as an Author
  • Famous Quotes
  • Community Contributions
  • Characteristics
  • Electricity
  • Vocabulary
  • Benjamin Franklin on U.S. Currency
  • A Final Report



The study also includes a final report on Benjamin Franklin for students to complete. There are several different formats of the report to accommodate varying student grade levels that might be completing the unit.

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  1. Lori Harvey says:

    I would like to see a study on a woman like Marie Curie. Thanks 🙂

  2. What about Booker T. Washington?

  3. We would like to learn about Benjamin Franklin. Thank you!

  4. We find Benjamin Franklin fascinating and would love to win this!

  5. Eli Whitney

  6. Ben Franklin is very intriguing, we would like to learn more about him.

  7. I think Albert Einstein would be an interesting person to learn about.

  8. Ben Franklin! We have been studying this time period all year!

  9. I would like to see Marie Curie! My oldest daughter studied her for a badge in American Heritage Girls and it would be neat to do something about her with my younger daughters.

  10. We would love to learn about just about anyone! Einstein would be pretty fun though!

  11. Ben Franklin is great for us since we live 15 minutes from Philly!!

  12. I agree with the above person who said Einstein. He would be really neat!

  13. Laura Zimmer says:

    I think I would enjoy learning about any of the inventors. I do not really feel like i know a=much about any of them. How about some modern inventors too?

  14. Do I have to use the Mike Venezia books? The Benjamin Franklin book sells for $75 for the paperback.

  15. Nevermind my last comment, Books-A-Million has it for $6.25

  16. I would like o learn more about George Washington Carver. Thanks for the give away…also, enjoying your videos!

  17. Jenny Brunsvold says:

    My boys love Benjamin Franklin and his funny sayings. I would also love to learn more about Thomas Edison.

  18. Einstein is a hit around here.

  19. I’d like to know more about Einstein.

  20. I like ben franklin! love all your stuff!

  21. Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison would be great studies.

  22. The materials look great. I’m sure the students who use these materials will be blessed.

    ~ Michael<

  23. Nikola Tesla is the best inventor of all time.

  24. I would enjoy learning more about Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin!

  25. Ben Franklin has a lot of interesting inventions… also Alexander Grahm Bell and then seeing how technology has changed since then! 🙂

  26. Sarah Ann Wong says:

    I would like to learn more about Charles Drew, the inventor of the blood banking process.

  27. Would love to learn more about Gutenberg and the Gutenberg press.

  28. Bernette says:

    I would like to learn about marie curie

  29. Da Vinci and Einstein I’d love to learn more about!

  30. Eli Witney

  31. I would love to learn more about Jane Goodall.

  32. What about Samuel Morse?

  33. DaVinci would be great! Thanks for all you do!

  34. Ben Franklin

  35. Alexander Graham Bell

  36. Avis Clinger says:

    Nikola Tesla would be pretty neat to study! Hope to win this Ben Franklin lapbook!

  37. I would like to see a study about Nikola Tesla. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this study. Benjamin Franklin is pretty cool too.

  38. I’ve been waiting for this one- I want to learn more about Benjamin Franklin!

  39. Jennife Dick says:

    I would like to know more about the Wright brothers.

  40. Lisa McClain says:

    We are interested in learning about Thomas Edison.

  41. I would love to learn about George Washington Carver, but a woman inventor would be neat too!

  42. I would like to learn about Einstein.

  43. I vote Einstein!

  44. This is Awesome! However, the yahoo link supplied at the end is has been taken down. I was wondering if you had an alternate link?

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