Thomas Edison 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 Thomas Edison Unit Study.


Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He is most well known for perfecting the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long lasting electric light bulb. Edison holds 1,093 US patents in his name ands many in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. On September 4, 1882, Edison opened the first power station in Manhattan New York which powered 25 buildings using over 800 light bulbs. Edison stayed dedicated to his business right up until his death in 1931. His last breath is reportedly contained in a test tube in the Henry Ford Museum as a memento of his great work.



This study uses the Thomas Edison 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.

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

  • All About Thomas Edison
  • Inventions
  • Thomas’ First Job
  • Morse Code
  • The Telegraph
  • 1st Patented Invention
  • The Phonograph
  • The Incandescent Light Bulb
  • 1st Electrical Power Station
  • More Inventions
  • Characteristics
  • Vocabulary
  • A Final Report


The study also includes a final report on Thomas Edison 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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  • Maggie J April 8, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I’d love to see one done about the inventions of Leonardo DaVinci!

  • Holly April 8, 2013 at 12:10 am


  • Trisha April 8, 2013 at 5:28 am

    I’d like to have the Benjamin Franklin study.

  • Joscelyne H April 8, 2013 at 5:59 am

    My favorite inventor would be Ben Franklin, my daughter’s is Thomas Edison!

  • Allison April 8, 2013 at 6:22 am

    George Washington Carver would be a fun one.

  • Brandi April 8, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Eli Whitney or George Washington Carver

  • Danielle April 8, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Any of them would be fun!

  • Angie Lovero April 8, 2013 at 6:47 am


  • Brandy April 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Ben Franklin!

  • Edith April 8, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I have always been interested in Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey.

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