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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  • Lori Harvey March 18, 2013 at 4:11 am

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

  • Susan March 18, 2013 at 4:52 am

    What about Booker T. Washington?

  • Trisha March 18, 2013 at 4:59 am

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

  • wendy March 18, 2013 at 5:23 am

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

  • Jacque March 18, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Eli Whitney

  • Jalynn Patterson March 18, 2013 at 5:42 am

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

  • Gin March 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

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

  • Brandy March 18, 2013 at 6:25 am

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

  • Shelby March 18, 2013 at 7:20 am

    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.

  • Danielle March 18, 2013 at 7:35 am

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

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