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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  1. Maggie J says:

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

  2. Tesla!

  3. I’d like to have the Benjamin Franklin study.

  4. Joscelyne H says:

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

  5. Allison says:

    George Washington Carver would be a fun one.

  6. Eli Whitney or George Washington Carver

  7. Any of them would be fun!

  8. Angie Lovero says:


  9. Ben Franklin!

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

  11. I would love to learn more about Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein.

  12. Courtney says:

    The Wright brothers would be facinating!

  13. Susan Fletcher says:

    Wright Brothers!

  14. George Washington Carver

  15. Johann Gutenberg

  16. Karen D. says:

    I would love to have a unit study on Nikola Tesla!

  17. Denise Smith says:

    Thomas Edison is the Unit Study we would like to have.

  18. Thomas Edison or Benjamin Franklin-tie!!

  19. Thomas Edison, so I really hope I win this one. 🙂

  20. Ford and Edison. I grew up in MI and so we went to the Henry Ford Museum, etc. and this was always so amazing to see.

  21. George Washington Carver and more female inventors

  22. Nikola Tesla

  23. Thank you for mentioning where Thomas Edison was born. I live and teach in Milan, and we are proud of our “hometown boy”! Our school district/schools are named for him.

  24. Avis Clinger says:

    Leonardo DaVinci!

  25. Sarah Ann Wong says:

    I think it would be interesting to learn about Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat. As the weather gets nicer, this could also include a trip out on a boat.

  26. Jennife Dick says:

    Inventors – I think learning more about what Rockefeller did would be pretty cool.

  27. Henry Ford would be interesting to learn more about.

  28. Bethany Wright says:

    Ben Franklin and Einstein! 🙂

  29. Einstein!

  30. We are studying Henry Ford this week. Very interesting!

  31. I’d like to see some that are less known, maybe Robert Boyle

  32. I agree with a previous comment, Leonardo Da Vinci would be a spectacular study.

  33. Benjamin Franklin has always been a favorite of mine.

  34. Tesla was a great inventor, maybe less well known.

  35. Tesla, Edison, Einstein. . . oh, wait, you said one. 😉

  36. Hi! I’m from Ukraine! I’m a mom of one prettiest girl! And we dream and hope to win this one to learn more about Edison!
    Also we want tosay that you are great mom!! Your children must be proud of you!

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