After The CIvil War

Working alone or with a partner, you have to do a two part project.


Identify three American inventions created between 1870 and 1920. You can use the sites in the previous post to find information, you can look at the History of Invention, or look at Fact Monster Inventions, or search elsewhere.

You will need to answer these questions:

What is the invention?

Who invented it and when?

What problem were they trying to solve?

How has the invention affected your life?

You will create one poster for this part of the project.


Think of something you would like to invent. Answer these questions:

What is its name?

What does it do?

What problem does it solve?

How will it affect people's lives?

Then make a second poster.

Research three inventors and create a data set on each one.


Watch this video about American inventors.

Learn about inventors.

Watch this movie about Thomas Edison and take the quizzes.

You can read more about Edison here.

Watch these early films made by Edison.

Watch this movie about transportation inventions.

Here's a picture of the Wright Brothers' first plane.

Play the Wright Brothers game.

Alexander Graham Bell: Early recordings played is a neat interactive from The Associated Press.

Read and answer the questions about Alexander Graham Bell.

Look at these Wright Brothers pictures.

Read and answer the questions about Thomas Edison.


Copy and paste this cloze about the Wright Brothers on your Posterous blog and complete it.

Look through this invention timeline. Please write down three questions you have about one or more of the inventions.

Watch this Alexander Graham Bell movie.

Interactive Experiments



Complete this assignment on the U.S. becoming a World Power. Get the code from Mr. Ferlazzo.

Click on "Spanish American War" and watch the movie. Then "enter the exhibit."

Read about the purchase of Alaska.

Read about the Spanish-American War.


Watch The World 1890.  Be sure to click on the lower left hand corner so you can see the words as they are spoken.

Watch all the videos on this page.

Gold Rush Video

Gold Rush Video